Peaceful Assembly

Freedom of peaceful assembly is also guaranteed in Article 5 of the Constitution. In practice, however, public gatherings are restricted due to the declaration of a state of emergency in November 2015—which was subsequently extended until March 2017. The security forces often use excessive force to disperse protests. For example, in July 2016, there were at least two documented cases where police repressed peaceful protests. The repression of protests has also been perpetrated by non-state actors. During a protest against the presence of UN peacekeepers in January 2015, UN troops fired on protesters, killing three people.