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Freedom of assembly – meeting of the OSCE / ODHIR panel

27/01/2014 - 28/01/2014

Warsaw – The Venice Commission, represented by its Moldovan member Mr Nicolae Esanu, participated in the meeting of the OSCE/ ODHIR Panel on freedom of assembly.

The agenda includes an exchange of views on the most recent developments in the field and discussions on specific topics related to the freedom of assembly in the framework of the revision of the joint Venice Commission - OSCE/ODHIR Guidelines on freedom of assembly.

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic, national governments are taking exceptional measures to slow down the spread of the virus. On numerous occasions, the Venice Commission examined the limits of such emergency powers. The Commission has consistently underlined that State security and public safety can only be effectively guaranteed in a democracy which fully respects the rule of law. Even in genuine cases of emergency situations, the rule of law must prevail.


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