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New Report on Rights of Assembly and Association at Multilateral Level by UN Special Rapporteur

United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai presented his latest thematic report Multilateral Institutions And Their Effect On Assembly And Association Rights examining how freedoms of peacefully assembly and of association are exercised, promoted and limited in multilateral organizations. The report asserts that these rights are equally fundamental and protected at the national and international levels, but that they are not always upheld at the multilateral level.

“Multilateral organizations have a profound impact on the lives of ordinary people across the globe,” the Special Rapporteur said. “They institute development projects, spur economic and political reform, help shape international law, and more. Yet much of this occurs without the substantive and effective input of ordinary people.”

FIM welcomes the publication of this report and looks forward to include the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations in its work to democratize global governance. We hope it will shed light on the challenges of integrating the “missing voices” of civil society and issues surrounding the dialogue between civil society organizations and multilateral bodies.

The Special Rapporteur’s report is available in all six official UN language and a summary of its content is provided in a factsheet (English).

The report was presented by Maina Kiai to the 69th session of UN General Assembly in New York on October 28, 2014. Watch his statement here (10m 14s) or read a full transcript of his remarks.

By Esther Bonin

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