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State of emergency in Venezuela okays restriction of civil liberties

The Venezuelan president may issue decrees “in the social, economic, political and legal order deemed as appropriate under the circumstances, in accordance with articles 337, 338 and 339 of the Constitution”

The renewed decree on the state of emergency was published in the Venezuelan Official Gazette

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  • YAMILETH ANGARITA

17 de mayo de 2017 07:00 AM

Actualizado el 18 de mayo de 2017 08:24 AM

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A new scope in the social, economic, political and legal fields has been included in the decree of emergency signed by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

A new scope in the social, economic, political and legal fields adds to the decree of emergency signed by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, stretching even to temporary restriction of some constitutional rights and liberties.

Article 3 of the Official Gazette, Special Edition number 6,298, released on May 13, the Executive Office may issue decrees “in the social, economic, political and legal order deemed as appropriate under the circumstances, in accordance with articles 337, 338 and 339 of the Constitution, with a view to solving the extraordinary and exceptional situation which is the purpose of this decree and preventing the extension of its effects.”

Pursuant to Article 337 of the Venezuelan Constitution, “the civil liberties enshrined herein may be temporarily restricted, except for the liberties referred to the right to life, prohibition of solitary confinement or torture, the right to due process, the right to information and other intangible human rights.”

The rationale behind the new decree on state of emergency includes “the extraordinary circumstances in the social, economic and political order that have an impact on the constitutional order, social peace, security of the Nation, public institutions and residents of the Republic.”

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