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Children: Rights

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an assessment has been made of the compatibility of (a) antisocial behaviour orders, (b) curfews, (c) dispersal zones and (d) mosquito devices with children's rights to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly. (288124)

The Home Office has not carried out an assessment, however we have always made clear that tackling antisocial behaviour is not about intolerance of different lifestyles.

The freedom of assembly and association, found in Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, is a qualified right. This means that it may be subject to restrictions which are in accordance with the law, when such restrictions are necessary, and therefore proportionate, for the prevention of disorder or crime or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.