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Tasmania’s anti-protest laws would have chilling effect on freedom, says UN

A team of United Nations experts has expressed concern to the Australian government over tough new anti-protest laws in Tasmania that it says would have a “chilling effect” on freedoms.

The Tasmanian legislation, which is being considered by the state’s upper house, would impose mandatory fines and prison terms on protesters who are deemed to interfere with the operations of a business.

Protesters could face a three-month jail term for a second offence.

A group of experts appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council has told the federal government the laws would probably breach Australia’s international human rights obligations.

More Follow External Link to Oliver Milman, The Guardian