Victorian Government State of Disaster and Human Rights

Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Respecting and protecting human rights have become more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Liberty Victoria recognises that the scale and severity of the crisis has required a response that necessarily limits the human rights and liberties of all Victorians. Sensibly, the focus of the response has been focused on saving lives. However, Liberty Victoria is concerned that there are examples where the COVID-19 response — either through the design of regulation or through the actions of public authorities — has been disproportionate.