What is the official position of human rights organizations on protest restrictions during the pandemic?
Australia was recently in the news for restricting the right to protest during a surge in COVID cases:
Hundreds of fines have been issued and dozens charged in Sydney after
anti-lockdown protesters marched and clashed with police in what one
deputy commissioner called “violent, filthy, risky behaviour”.
The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, said on Sunday the
previous day’s protests – in which thousands breached the region’s
coronavirus measures to protest – were “selfish and self-defeating”,
adding: “It achieves no purpose. It won’t end the lockdown sooner.”
Similar restrictions have been seen in various countries ever since March 2020. Did human rights organizations make any statements to support or oppose such restrictions, given that protesting is generally seen as a basic human right?
NB: This post makes no statement on whether or not restrictions on protests are good or bad. It purely exists to understand the official position of human rights organizations. Please avoid debating pros/cons of such restrictions in comments.