Article 15 of the UNCRC makes it clear that – like all people in the world – children and young people have the human right to freedom of association. This means that they should be free to:
- meet individual people and groups of friends,
- set up an organisation,
- join an organisation, and
- take part in peaceful protest.
The right to freedom of association is relevant when children and young people act as [human rights defenders.]
While Article 15 of the UNCRC promotes freedom of association, it does say there are some circumstances where it doesn’t apply. For example:
- children and young people can’t meet with individuals or groups when they threaten their rights. For example, they can’t meet people who are likely to pose a danger to them.
- children and young people can’t meet with individuals or groups when they would threaten other people’s rights.
- children and young people can’t meet with individuals or groups in order to break the law.
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