Constitutional Court ruling strengthens rights of demonstrators to peaceful assembly, privacy

The Constitutional Court has strengthened the rights of participants in peaceful gatherings, including protest demonstrations. Under the decision announced on Wednesday, police cannot seek proof of identity of participants ahead of such events without having an objective reason to do so.

The Constitutional Court judgment stems in part from a complaint filed in 2018 by a participant in the so-called climate camp near Litvínov, a town in the Most district, a heavily industrialised area of northern Bohemia.

According to the complaint, police pressured the participant to show an ID card at the local train station. Overturning judgements by a Prague Municipal Court and the Supreme Administrative Court, the Constitutional Court said that infringed upon the person’s right to peaceful assembly and privacy.

Author: Brian Kenety