UN human rights advocate calls for state to scrap anti-protest laws

The Mercury has an article quoting a UN Human Rights Advocate commenting on the Tasmanian Government’s anti-protest laws:

“Michel Forst, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, visited Hobart earlier this month as part of a national tour.

“From my discussions with the Tasmanian Government, it has become clear that the Government had prioritised business and government resource interests over the democratic rights of individuals to peacefully protest,” he said.

“I reminded the Government that human rights defenders have a legitimate right to promote and protect all human rights, including the right to a healthy environment, regardless of whether their peaceful activities are seen by some as frustrating development projects.

“I therefore recommend that the laws criminalising peaceful protests are urgently reviewed and rescinded.”

Read the full story on themercury.com.au here.

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