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Joint OSCE/ODIHR-Venice Commission Guidelines on Fundamental Rights (2015)

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The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe) and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) prepared these guidelines on freedom of peaceful assembly, on the legal personality of religious or belief communities and on freedom of association.

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OSCE/ODIHR – VENICE COMMISSION GUIDELINES ON FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCTION
SECTION A – GUIDELINES ON FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY
     1. Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
     2. Guiding Principles
     3. Restrictions on Freedom of Assembly
     4. Procedural Issues
     5. Implementing Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Legislation
SECTION B – EXPLANATORY NOTES
PART I
     1. The importance of freedom of assembly
     2. The Regulation of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
     3. Guiding Principles
     4. Restrictions on Freedom of Assembly
     5. Procedural Issues
PART II ‑ IMPLEMENTING FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATION
     Introduction
     6. Policing Public Assemblies
     7. Responsibilities of the Organiser
     8. Monitoring Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

JOINT GUIDELINES ON THE LEGAL PERSONALITY OF RELIGIOUS OR BELIEF COMMUNITIES

INTRODUCTION
GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
PART I. THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF AND PERMISSIBLE RESTRICTIONS IN GENERAL
PART II. THE FREEDOM TO MANIFEST RELIGION OR BELIEF IN COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS
PART III. RELIGIOUS OR BELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
PART IV. PRIVILEGES OF RELIGIOUS OR BELIEF COMMUNITIES OR ORGANIZATIONS
ANNEX – SELECTED OSCE COMMITMENTS IN THE AREA OF THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF

JOINT GUIDELINES ON FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

INTRODUCTION
SECTION A: THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
     Definition of associations
     Importance of associations
     Fundamental rights of associations
     Importance of well drafted legislation and an enabling environment
SECTION B: GUIDELINES ON LEGISLATION PERTAINING TO THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
     Guiding principles
SECTION C: INTERPRETATIVE NOTES
SUBSECTION 1 ‑ GUIDING PRINCIPLES
SUBSECTION 2 ‑ THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK ON ASSOCIATIONS
     A. Equal treatment and non-discrimination
     B. Formation, legal personality and registration
     C. Membership, internal management, objectives and activities
     D. Participation in decision-making processes and property, income and assets
     E. State support and access to other resources
     F. Accountability, supervision and supervisory authorities
     G. Liability and sanctions
     H. Termination, prohibition and dissolution, and access to justice
     I. Associations and new technologies

ANNEXES
Annex A – Selected International and Regional Instruments
Annex B – Selected International and Regional Case Law
Annex C – Selected Reference Documents

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