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Joint with OSCE/ ODIHR Guidelines on Freedom Association

08/09/2014 - 11/09/2014

Warsaw - The Venice Commission participates in a civil society consultation meeting in Warsaw in the framework of the preparation of the Joint Guidelines on Freedom Association in cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR Odihr. The theme of the meeting is “Enabling Legal Framework for Freedom of Association: Focus on Formation of Associations, Objectives and Activities, Liability and Sanctions”.
During a subsequent meeting, on 10-11 September 2014, the representatives of the Venice Commission and of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel on freedom of association meet to discuss the content of the draft Joint Guidelines on Freedom of Association.

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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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