Limitation and Derogation Provisions in International Human Rights Law Treaties and Their Use in Disaster Settings

Authored by: Emanuele Sommario

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138069916
eBook ISBN: 9781315115238
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It is unanimously accepted that individuals affected by calamitous events continue to enjoy the protection of International Human Rights Law. However, particularly in situations of disaster, national and international legal frameworks envisage the possibility to restrict or suspend certain rights to safeguard common societal interests, such as public order or public health. The nature and scope of these restrictions varies depending on the prevailing situation, with more serious circumstances allowing for more severe limitations.

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