Opinion on Freedom of Assembly and Demonstration

A. Definition

Opinions about the guarantee and restriction of freedom of demonstration and assembly

B. Formula

The number and ratio of responses to the freedom of assembly and demonstration should be allowed in case of traffic congestion or noise
* The answers – 1) strong yes and 2) yes- to the question of whether freedom of assembly and demonstration “can be restricted if traffic congestion or noise is a concern” were accumulated

C. Features and Sources

Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First Year Data Available Update Frequency
Right to Freedom Basic Freedom Freemon of Assembly Subjective/Result National Human Rights Commission of Korea National Human Rights Awareness Survey 2011 5years

D. Description

Freedom of assembly and demonstration is one of the fundamental freedoms, which means that people (with prior permission) will be able to express their opinions in public places with those who have the same opinions. Since representation of the individual is limited, the act of expressing opinions as a group where everyone has a similar view is an important way of expressing opinions that can be used in a democracy. However, there are many opinions, so it is necessary to limit demonstrations in cases where traffic congestion or noise is generated in the process of protests and rallies, causing inconvenience to others. According to the indicators, it can be seen that the younger the age, the more people answered that freedom of assembly and demonstration is acceptable. The percentage of people who responded that they could allow rallies and freedom of assembly increased each year during the five-year period from 2011 to 2016. This can be regarded as a positive phenomenon, with people accepting the expression of opinions through a rally even if the individual is uncomfortable.