Cyprus Constitution (excerpts)

{ Adopted on: 16 Aug 1960 }


Article 21 [Assembly, Association]

1. Every person has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
2. Every person has the right to freedom of association with others, including the
right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Notwithstanding any restriction under paragraph 3 of this Article, no person shall
be compelled to join any association or to continue to be a member thereof.
3. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such
as are prescribed by law and are absolutely necessary only in the interests of the
security of the Republic or the constitutional order or the public safety or the
public order or the public health or the public morals or for the protection of the
rights and liberties guaranteed by this Constitution to any person, whether or not
such person participates in such assembly or is a member of such association.
4. Any association the object or activities of which are contrary to the
constitutional order is prohibited.
5. A law may provide for the imposition of restrictions on the exercise of these
rights by members of the armed forces, the police or gendarmerie.
6. Subject to the provisions of any law regulating the establishment or
incorporation, membership (including rights and obligations of members),
management and administration, and winding up and dissolution, the provisions
of this Article shall also apply to the formation of companies, societies and other
associations functioning for profit.