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ARMENIA - The 15th anniversary of the institution of the Human Rights Defender - High-Level International Conference

26/11/2019 - 27/11/2019

National Assembly of Armenia, Yerevan – The First Vice President Venice Commission Ms Herdís Kjerulf Thorgeirsdóttir represented the Venice Commission at the High-Level International Conference at the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the institution of the Human Rights Defender.
Ms Kjerulf Thorgeirsdóttir intervened in the panel of freedom of expression and hate speech.

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Covid-19 pandemic -
Emergency powers -
 What standards?


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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