Letter to NSW Police Commissioner: Protect the right to protest

Amnesty International Australia is concerned about reports that members of New South Wales Police are repeatedly visiting the homes of activists, particularly those associated with Blockade Australia, ahead of the International Mining and Resources Conference, which will be held in Sydney from 2 to 4 November 2022.

The right to freedom of expression, assembly and association are fundamental human rights, as recognised in Articles 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 8(1)(a) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

We call on NSW Police to respect the rights of activists and cease the unwarranted visits to their homes.

Right now, governments in Australia and around the world are cracking down on our right to protest. Too many people in power who fear change and want to keep us divided are suppressing protests and silencing critical voices. Find out more about our Right to Protest campaign.

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