Protecting freedom of peaceful assembly. A political participation tool also during COVID19

2nd and 3rd December 2020 Novact organised “Protecting freedom of peaceful assembly: A political participation tool also during COVID19”, a two-day conference in which representatives of the European Parliament and European civil society met to discuss and exchange positions on the importance of protecting the right to protest both in the context of COVID19 and in non-pandemic contexts.

More than 60 organisations participated in the conference, which included the following panelists:

Thais Bonilla, Novact

Giada Negri, European Civic Forum

Marco Perolini, Amnesty International

Vivian Kube, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V. (Germany)

Tea Jarc, President of the trade union Mladi Plus (Slovenia)

Francesca Fanucci, ECNL – European Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

Carlotta Besozzi, Civil Society Europe

Miguel Urban, Member, European Parliament

Birgit Van Hout, Regional Representative for Europe, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Anaïs Franquesa, Defender a quien defiende (Spain)

Marta Lempart, Polish women strike (Poland)

Arie Alimi, LDH – Ligue des droits de l’Homme (France)

Alexandrina Najmowicz, European Civic Forum

Niovi Ringou, Head of the Justice Policy and Rule of Law Unit, DG JUST, European Commission

Daniel Freund, Member, European Parliament

Anna Júlia Donáth, Member, European Parliament

The first working session was protagonised by civil society organizations around Europe: “Towards an European Srategy to defense the right to protest from the grassroots up”.

The second day the conference “European venues to protect the right to peaceful assembly” was hosted by Miguel Urbán, European Parliament representative, and it counted with the participation of key international and European institutional actors, such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Comission, together with civil society networks and organisations from around Europe.