General Assembly Resolution # 537
A resolution to increase democratic freedoms.
Category: Furtherment of Democracy
Proposed by: Maowi
The World Assembly,
Believing that the freedom to assemble without undue hindrance is a fundamental right to which all citizens of member nations should be entitled,
Angered that some regimes may attempt to suppress this right in the interest of silencing dissent, to the immense detriment of that nations integrity and of its citizens,
Encouraged by extant resolutions to prevent such quashing of protests, including WA#43 "WA Labor Relations Act", guaranteeing workers' rights to form labour unions and engage in strikes, and WA#436 "Protecting Free Expression",
Accepting that the right to assemble should not be granted without reserve, and that there are cases in which it must be withheld for the safety of other members of society,
Hereby enacts the following:
Member states may not take punitive or discriminatory action against any individual for planning, assisting, or participating in non-violent assembly or association for the purpose of articulating or advocating any belief or ambition, unless doing so is the most proportionate way of responding to harmful activities as defined in clause 3.
Neither member states nor private entities within them may take action to prevent or hinder the planning or holding of non-violent assembly or association for the purpose of articulating or advocating any belief or ambition, unless doing so is the least restrictive way of preventing or curtailing harmful activities as defined in clause 3.
Harmful activities, for the purposes of this resolution, are defined as one or more of the following:
the advocacy of violence towards an individual or group of individuals under uniformly applied standards defining that which constitutes advocacy of violence;
unlawful action; and
the advocacy of probable imminent unlawful action.
It shall not be unlawful to:
plan, assist, or participate in a non-violent assembly or association for the purpose of articulating or advocating any belief or ambition, or
carry out actions which, were they carried out in any circumstance other than non-violent assembly or association, would otherwise be considered legal.
Notwithstanding the above, member states may act to prevent or curtail the advocacy, in non-violent assemblies and associations, of actions or inaction that would constitute:
the physical or sexual abuse of an individual or group of individuals, or
hatred towards an individual or group of individuals motivated by their disability, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or another arbitrary, reductive categorisation.
Should they refrain from taking action as per clause 5.a. of this resolution, member states must take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of the individuals targeted by such advocacy.
Co-authored by Wymondham