Scrutiny of new emergency laws essential to monitor human rights impact

Source:  Victoria Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

During a state of emergency, some limitations on human rights may be unavoidable — but any restrictions must be necessary,  justifiable, proportionate and time-bound.

The emergency measures passed by the Victorian Parliament last week are necessary to protect the health and safety of all Victorians, but they’re also likely to impact human rights. We’re recommending the establishment of an independent committee to scrutinise these emergency measures and the government’s response. It’ll be essential for maintaining public confidence and transparency.

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