Analysis of the changes in legal framework during a state of emergency and impact on enjoying human rights
Freedom of Movement, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Religion
In the Republic of Serbia, in order to prevent the spread of the infection and the effects caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency was adopted on March 15th 2020. This decision, as well as many other regulations concerning it, that were adopted, have resulted in the restriction of certain rights of citizens.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights has prepared short analysis that chronologically shows the changes in the scope of enjoying guaranteed rights and the manner of regulating changes during the first month of the state of emergency (March 15 – April 15, 2020), with an assessment of the compliance of activities and measures of all branches of the government with the requirements of the rule of law and the principles of human rights restrictions. There are also presented the issues that these measures and restrictions had been creating, particularly to vulnerable groups, initiatives and proposals submitted to state authorities to solve or mitigate the issues, as well as the State’s response to the initiatives.
The analysis was conducted with the support of the United Nations Human Rights Team in Serbia. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the United Nations.