Peaceful Assembly

The constitution provides for freedom of assembly. Organisers of marches and public demonstrations are required to obtain police approval and must give 14 days’ notice of their intention to gather. In practice, this right has been restricted when police refused to authorise demonstrations on the grounds of security concerns. Security forces sometimes use excessive force to disperse protestors, and in 2016 they even opened fire against a peaceful demonstration by students demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation, leaving many injured. No one has been held accountable for the violence.