CORONAVIRUS: Access to Justice during the State of Emergency

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CORONAVIRUS: Access to Justice during the State of Emergency

2020-04-01

We are facing an international public health emergency declared by the World Health Organization due to a worldwide pandemic of the new Coronavirus and the President of the Republic (by Presidential Decree 11/2020 of 3o March) has declared a state of emergency throughout Mozambique. The Mozambican parliament (Assembleia da República) then ratified the Presidential Decree by Law 1/2020 of 31 March and approved a set of exceptional and temporary measures in response to the national health crisis, in particular, in relation to the issue of access to justice.

The measures taken under the state of emergency will, to a large extent, limit a set of rights, freedoms and guarantees. The limits on these rights are also expected to place limitations on access to justice and the courts, given that it is physically and legally impossible to do a wide range or legal acts.

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