Global Justice Clinic: Written Statement by U.S. Civil Society on the OSCE-ODIHR ‘Report on the Monitoring of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly’
November 16, 2012

On November 8-9, members of the Global Justice Clinic traveled to Vienna to take part in the “Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Assembly and Association”, where they delivered a presentation on their recent report, Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the US Response to Occupy Wall Street.   Find more details in previous CHRGJ Announcements, here and here. This statement stems from the Meeting.

On November 9, 2012, a representative of the U.S. civil society delegation to the OSCE-ODIHR

‘Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Assembly and Association’ delivered a verbal

statement to the Meeting, on behalf of the organizations listed below. The verbal statement welcomed the

OSCE-ODIHR Monitoring Report, stated that it contained key findings and recommendations, and

supported the continuing monitoring work of the OSCE-ODIHR. This written statement supplements that

verbal statement:

1. We commend the OSCE-ODIHR for its first comprehensive Monitoring Report, published

November 9, 2012. The work of the OSCE in monitoring and reporting on assembly rights in the

United States is invaluable, and the Monitoring Report contains important findings and recommendations

for all states to ensure compliance with their international human rights obligations. The OSCE report

highlights human rights abuses by U.S. authorities’ treatment of assemblies, including the Occupy

protests, such as:

The OSCE report includes crucial recommendations to ensure the respect and promotion of the right to

assembly, including:

2. We have the following four recommendations:

3. This statement is made on behalf of:

The Global Justice Clinic at New York University School of Law

The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School

The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at the Leitner Center for International Law and

Justice at Fordham Law School

The International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School

The Center for Constitutional Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union

National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter

The National Lawyers Guild-New York City Chapter

U.S. Human Rights Network

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights First

The AntiRepression Committee of Occupy Wall Street

US Civil Society Written Statement on OSCE-ODIHR Monitoring Report – November 2012


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