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Check out our growing collection of useful links and resources about protest and dissent, including related organizations, publications, guides, and legal information. Is there something that should be on this list, but isn’t? Contribute at talkrights [at] ccla [dot] org.




Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

PEN Canada


Amnesty International

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Human Rights Watch

BC Civil Liberties Association

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre

Ligue des Droits et Libertés


Publications and Reports

Review of Free Expression in Canada (CJFE)

PEN Canada Annual Report

Taking Root: The Rise of Grassroots Activism in Canada (Council of Canadians)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association (UN)

In the National Interest? Criminalization of Land and Environment Defenders in the Americas (Voices-Voix)

Free Expression in Canada (PEN International)

Dismantling Democracy: Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada (Voices-Voix)

“Take Back The Streets”: Repression and Criminalization of Protest Around the World (INCLO)

Addendum to Insecurity and Human Rights: Concerns and Recommendations with Respect to Bill C-51, The Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 (Amnesty International)

Silencing Dissent: The Conservative Record (CCPA)

Alternative Report of the LDL to the Independent Experts of the UN Human Rights Committee



Know Your Rights: An Activist’s Guide to the Law (OPIRG Carleton)

CSIS and Your Rights: What You Need to Know (CCLA)

The Arrest Handbook: A Guide to Your Rights (BCCLA)

Protesting: Your Rights and the Law (FindLaw Canada)

Activism Guide Fall 2015 (Amnesty International)

Guide to the Law of Protest in BC (CUPE BC)

Protesters’ Guide to the Law and Civil Disobedience in BC (CUPE BC)

A Legal Guide for Activists (Movement Defence)

Post-G20 Action Guide (Law Union of Ontario)

Protesters’ Guide to Civil Disobedience in BC (BCCLA)


Information Specific to Cities (for example, a permit may or may not be required depending on type of protest and where you live)












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