Ability to establish associations and their access to funding

Freedom of association and peaceful assembly is anchored in international labour conventions and enables civil society organisations, trade unions and workers’ movements to promote decent work and social protection for all workers.

It’s important to underline the crucial role of civil society in the monitoring and implementation of human rights policies and to increase funding for empowerment of civil society as interlocutors for the promotion of economic, social and cultural rights. In order to guarantee civil society, trade unions and workers’ movements to work in a free and independent way, freedom of association needs to be guaranteed by law and in practice.

The possibility of the associations to access funding and resources is an integral and vital part of the right to freedom of association. Monitoring this benchmark helps assess the independence of civil society organisations and how ’democratic’ countries are.

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