Pandemic protests: Creatively using the freedom of assembly during COVID-19

Antoine Buyse*

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It is a new truism that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already dire human rights situation across the globe. The waves of protest that swept across the world in the year before the pandemic seemed to have been brought to a sudden halt due to lockdowns and restrictive laws. But at the same time, people everywhere have availed themselves of the wide protective scope of the freedom of assembly, newly re-emphasized in the Human Rights Committee's General Comment of 2020, to come together, protest, and make their voices heard in numerous creative ways. Amid the restrictions, there has been resilience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-267
Number of pages3
JournalNetherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • COVID-19
  • creative protests
  • Freedom of assembly
  • online rights


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