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Constitutional Justice - Southern African Judges Commission

10/08/2006 - 11/08/2006

Maputo/Mozambique – The Venice Commission co-organises with the Supreme Court of Mozambique the Meeting of the Southern African Judges Commission on “Independence and Autonomy of the Courts / the Balance between National Security and Human Rights”.

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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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