Amid the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 in the State of Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas declared a state of emergency on 5 March 2020 for a period of 30 days followed by the issuance of Decree-Law no. 7 (2020), which included a number of preventive and precautionary measures.
Human rights and fundamental freedoms must be guaranteed also during states of emergencies, though derogations from some rights might be made if applied in accordance with domestic and international human rights law. To that end, justice sector actors such as judges, prosecutors and lawyers play a vital role in ensuring the effective protection of human rights during states of emergencies.
This guise briefly outlines specific obligations and recommendations to the justice sector in the State of Palestine, during the state of emergency related to the outbreak of COVID-19, and provides guidance to judges, prosecutors and lawyers on ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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