The CFNHRI recognises that freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association are fundamental rights that form the basis of the full enjoyment of other rights, and are a cornerstone of democratic societies, indispensable conditions for the full development of the person and are at the heart of an active, free and engaged civil society.
In addition the CFNHRI recognises that freedom to manifest ones’ religion and belief may be enabled by the exercise of freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.
The CFNHRI will strengthen the role of NHRIs in safeguarding these rights and freedoms and supporting civil society through inter alia: sharing experiences and good practice amongst members in developing human rights instruments and tools to advise government, through human rights education of individuals and institutions, through monitoring and research and through, where appropriate, use of legal and regulatory powers to protect and promote these rights. The CFNHRI will continue to advocate for and ensure the protection of human rights defenders and civil society in their respective countries.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (United Kingdom) is the Focal Point for Freedom of Expression, Association and Peaceful Assembly