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Short Update: New criticism against the legality of COVID-19 measures in Belgium

FairTrialsAdmin - August 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

New COVID-19 regulations adopted in Belgium following the resurgence of COVID-19 cases face renewed criticism over their legality. 

Former versions of the lockdown Decree had received many warnings for failing to comply with the principles of legality and foreseeability which require that all restrictions on rights be clearly and precisely set. 

Fair Trials recently called on states to review COVID-19 laws for clarity and quality, and conformity with fair trial and other human rights. Fair Trials have stressed that adopting clear and precise rules is prerequisite to avoid wrongful charges and convictions. About 73 000 alleged breaches of COVID-19 Decree were registered early June in Belgium. Fair Trials called on all states, including Belgium, to review all charges, convictions and fines related to alleged COVID-19 offences with the view of lifting any illegal or disproportionate sanction and ensuring the consistency of charging decisions across the country. 

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