Update: 19.08.2011

Freedom of assembly

On this page you will find legal guarantees and other regulations from the Swiss Federal Constitution, the European and international human rights treaties and further documents under international law. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, as regulations from other regional treaties and topically similar safeguarding provisions of international humanitarian law are not included.

Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation of 18 April 1999

(English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. This translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force.)

Article 22 (Freedom of assembly): (1) Freedom of assembly is guaranteed.
(2) Everyone has the right to organise meetings and to participate or not to participate in meetings.

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Article 11 (Freedom of assembly and association): (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests. 2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State. 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 20: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. 
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association. 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

Article 21: The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. 

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 

Article 5: In compliance with the fundamental obligations laid down in article 2 of this Convention, States Parties undertake to prohibit and to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms and to guarantee the right of everyone, without distinction as to race, colour, or national or ethnic origin, to equality before the law, notably in the enjoyment of the following rights:
(d) Other civil rights, in particular:
...
(ix) The right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;
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Convention on the Rights of the Child 

Article 15: (1) States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly. 
(2) No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of these rights other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. 

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families 

Article 26: (1) States Parties recognize the right of migrant workers and members of their families:
(a) To take part in meetings and activities of trade unions and of any other associations established in accordance with law, with a view to protecting their economic, social, cultural and other interests, subject only to the rules of the organization concerned;
(b) To join freely any trade union and any such association as aforesaid, subject only to the rules of the organization concerned;
(c) To seek the aid and assistance of any trade union and of any such association as aforesaid.
(2) No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of these rights other than those that are prescribed by law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public order (ordre public) or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

(This Convention has not been ratified by Switzerland.)

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