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Association: are there restrictions of the freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association for migrants

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
Discrimination, Equality
17/02/2012 - 16:38
Short Answer

There aren't restrictions of the freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association for migrants.

Qualitative Info

Article 13 of the Portuguese Constitution, on the Principle of Equality, prohibits discrimination on the grounds of ancestry, sex, race, language, country of origin, religion, political or ideological convictions, education, economic situation, social condition or sexual orientation. Article 15, on Aliens and Stateless Persons, states that aliens and stateless persons staying or residing in Portugal enjoy the same rights and are subject to the same duties as Portuguese citizens, except for political rights, to the performance of public duties that are not predominantly technical, or to rights and duties restricted to Portuguese citizens under the Constituttion and by law.

Article 46 of the Portuguese Constitution, on Freedom of Association, states that citizens have the right to form associations freely and without requiring any authorization provided such associations are not intended to promote violence and their objectives are not contrary to the criminal law. Associations may pursue their objectives freely without interference by any public authority. They cannot be dissolved by the State and their activities may not be suspended except by judicial decision in the cases provided by law.


Constitution of the Portuguese Republic (2005, seventh revision),, Date of access: 24.02.2012.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Integration - social cohesion
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