"Appropriate and proportionate heightened security measures may be instituted in response to emergency security situations with a view to restoring or maintaining public order. In doing so, international obligations and standards set out that limitations of fundamental rights and freedoms during a state of emergency can be justified only by strict and exceptional necessity in light of a grave and imminent threat."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR): Guidelines for Public Security Providers in Elections, p. 30
- At times, in a state of emergency, it may be necessary for a state to relax the full protection of human rights and electoral obligations or derogate their obligations.
- Temporary postponement of voting processes due to a public emergency is permitted, but only to the extent required by the circumstances, provided that such measures are not contrary to a state's obligations under international law.
- Laws governing states of emergency should provide a prompt and independent review by the legislature of the necessity of derogation measures.