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Protest movements

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Protect the protest! Why we must save our right to protest

Amnesty International is launching a global campaign called 'Protect the protest', which will challenge global and widespread attacks on peaceful protest, stand with peaceful protesters, and support the causes of social movements pushing for human rights. Their goal is for all people to be able...
Conference paper

Why communities protest: a case study of the protest signs of Yaroomba (SE Qld)

This study uses a case study of community activism at Yaroomba, a small town on the Sunshine Coast (SC) of South East Queensland, Australia, to illustrate a campaign of resistance to a proposed beachfront highrise development. The paper's aim was the artefact analysis of these...
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Global warning: the threat to climate defenders in Australia

This report reveals how the unregulated political influence of the fossil fuel industry -- a murky web of connections between governments and industry -- is driving political inaction on climate change and the repression of those calling for action.
Report

Muzzling dissent: how corporate influence over politics has fueled anti-protest laws

This report examines anti-protest laws passed or introduced in three American states — Louisiana, Minnesota, and West Virginia — and traces how corporate influence has spurred elected officials to attempt to use those laws to clamp down on opposition during the construction of new, controversial...
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USA: losing the peace

This report argues that police forces at the city, county, state, and federal levels should all immediately reform their conduct through specialised trainings on the facilitation and protection of freedom of peaceful assembly, in line with their obligations under the US Constitution, international human rights...
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Contemporary social movements in Iraq: mapping the labor movement and the 2015 mobilizations

This study shows that the emergence of trade union organizations and social movement organizations in the post-war era played an important role in shaping Iraq’s current political, social, and economic landscape beyond the meta-narratives of war and sectarianism.
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Defending peaceful assembly and association in the digital age: takedowns, shutdowns, and surveillance

This paper, supported by case studies from regions across the world, aims to provide an overview of the state of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital age and a series of tailored recommendations for various stakeholders.
Discussion paper

Moral terrorism

In this paper, the author argues that it is one thing to be an advocate for your own interests; quite another to seek to attack, undermine and destroy someone else’s. Yet that is what the so-called ‘cancel culture’ seeks to achieve, and it is why...
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Coronavirus and protest: how COVID-19 has changed the face of American activism

This report places recent American protest movements in historical perspective. It outlines why conservatives are particularly aggrieved by the lockdowns in many states and examines the conservative players agitating for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, including President Trump.
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Hong Kong: missing truth, missing justice

This report sets out the necessity and international legal framework for establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate the widespread human rights violations related to the protests that erupted in 2019. It also makes recommendations regarding the establishment of such a commission, including its composition...
Report

The age of mass protests: understanding an escalating global trend

This analysis finds that the mass political protests that have captured media attention over the past year, such as those in Hong Kong and Santiago, are in fact part of a decade-long trend line affecting every major populated region of the world.
Report

Human rights in Asia-Pacfic

This document includes a detailed analysis of human rights developments in 25 countries and territories from the Asia-Pacific region.
Discussion paper

Secondary boycotts in Australia: history and context

Australia has a long history of secondary boycotts, which have been widely used for causes now generally accepted. This paper outlines the argument that expanding laws primarily intended to limit union power to outlaw advocacy campaigns is illiberal, and would require significant changes to the...
Report

The ayatollahs and the demonstrators: is the Iranian theocracy running out of time?

The current demonstrations in Iran could prove to be a watershed in the Islamic Revolution. The theocrats have been shocked by the demands from the demonstrators calling for their removal. Given the deep currents of dislike for the theocracy among many ordinary Iranians, it is...
Briefing paper

The High Court's decision in Brown v Tasmania

This e-brief discusses the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania and its implications for protest law in NSW.
Commentary

Green in judgement

Tony Blackshield looks at what the High Court’s recent decision in the Lapoinya Forest case can tell us about its evolving attitude to free speech?
Journal article

Prostrating walk in the campaign against Sino-Hong Kong Express Railway: collective identity of native social movement

This paper examines the cultural context of social movements involving these youth activists. It mainly studied the campaign against the Sino-Hong Kong Express Railway development project.
Commentary

Anarch-Marxist claptrap and the rule of law

Sally McManus, the new secretary of the ACTU, has copped a caning for asserting on ABC TV’s 7.30 that it is legitimate to break the law in some circumstances. The example she gave was of trade unionists laying down tools at an unsafe worksite, and...
Journal article

Emergence of inter-identity alliances in struggles for transformation of the Kenyan constitution

Drawing from in-depth interviews and existing literature on Kenyan constitutional reform struggles, this paper illustrates how alliances between the different identities and movements were forged to allow for a common struggle.
Working paper

Performance activism in Nabi Saleh: the collaborative theater of politics and resistance

Having spent the last five years studying the organization and aesthetics of citizen protest against oppressive power structures in the Middle East and Africa, we find ourselves in agreement with the description of the protests as “staged.” But the criticism of such staging reflects a...