Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association Visit

Mon Jul 11, 2016 to Wed Jul 27, 2016
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The statement of the Special Rapporteur at the conclusion of the visit to the United States on July 27, 2016 can be found here.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association will visited the United States on an official visit from July 11-27th 2016 (below is the itinerary).
Please find more information on the mandate and visit in the below fact sheet.

A Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to examine and report on country situations or a specific human rights theme. The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association examines, monitors, advises, and publicly reports on the exercise of these rights worldwide. This work includes: responding to individual complaints, conducting studies, providing technical assistance to governments, and engaging in public outreach and promotional activities.

The United States federal government invited the Special Rapporteur to visit. During the sixteen day visit he will meet with federal, state, and local authorities, law enforcement authorities, members of the legislature and the judiciary, representatives of civil society and the media, among others. 

Tentative Agenda:

11 July - Washington DC
12 July - New York - New York City
13-14 July – Washington DC (cont’)
15 July - Maryland – Baltimore
16-17 July – Missouri - Ferguson
18 July - Ohio - Cleveland (observing RNC)
19-20 July - Arizona – Phoenix 
21-22 July - Louisiana – New Orleans
23 July - Louisiana - Baton Rouge (updated and added to schedule)
24-25 July – Mississippi – Jackson
26 July – Philadelphia (observing DNC)
27 July - Washington DC


Email Jamil Dakwar UNSRvisit@gmail.com of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program to get involved or the Special Rapporteur staff at freeassembly@ohchr.org

Get Involved!

All interested groups and individuals can submit written information and ideas to the Special Rapporteur– send them to freeassembly@ohchr.org or info@freeassembly.net.

They are looking for the following: What are the most pressing issues related to assembly and association rights in the U.S. at the moment? What issues do you think the Special Rapporteur should look into? What would you like to see covered in the final report?

If your submission arrives prior to July 11, it will give the Special Rapporteur a chance to investigate it during his trip. However, submissions after the U.S. mission is completed will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2017. The Special Rapporteur will take all submissions into consideration, but due to space considerations, the UN limits official reports to 10,700 words – he cannot guarantee that all information will be included in the final report.

For more background information on the mandate and and visit, download the fact sheet below and see: www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/AssemblyAssociation and http://freeassembly.net/discussion/us-mission

Follow the Conversation: @MainaKiai_UNSR #FOAA & www.facebook.com/mainakiai.sr

Press Conference: The Special Rapporteur will be sharing his preliminary findings and recommendations at a press conference on,Wednesday 27 July at 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time. The press conference will take place at the United Nations Information Center, 1775 K St NW #400, Washington. Access to the press conference will be limited to journalists. RSVPs are required to access the building. For media queries, please contact Ms. Karen Smyth (+ 1 202 454 2106 / cell: +1 301 351 0025 / smythk@un.org). 

If you cannot attend the press conference, the United Nations has also set up a call-in number so that you can listen to the proceedings live. To listen to the press conference over the phone, simply call +1-605-562-0020 and enter the meeting ID # 349073351#. This option is open to everyone, and there is no need to RSVP.

The Special Rapporteur's full statement is expected to be uploaded to their website shortly after 11:30 am EST on July 27. When released, it will be available at the following link: http://freeassembly.net/news/usa-statement 

Related Information

Statement/Press Release

Preliminary Statement from Maina Kiai

End of visit remarks from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association
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