Peaceful Assembly

The constitution guarantees the freedom of assembly. Although public demonstrations are relatively commonplace, a permit must be obtained before people are allowed to gather in public places. Opposition political parties and some CSOs that wish to engage in protests are often denied a permit. Although the number of cases in which police use force against protestors has declined in recent years, such incidents sometimes still occur. In one such event in 2016, police used excessive force to disperse a student protest in the capital, Antananarivo.