Dutch Court Says Government Must Lift Covid Curfew
Umer Jamshaid 8 days ago Tue 16th February 2021 | 06:50 PM
The Hague, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Feb, 2021 ) :A Dutch court Tuesday ordered the government to lift a nationwide coronavirus curfew that sparked the worst riots in the Netherlands for decades.
"The curfew is a far-reaching violation of the right to freedom of movement and privacy." The government can challenge the decision but any appeal would not suspend the judge's order, a spokesman for the court was quoted as telling the ANP news agency.
But the court said that the "introduction of the curfew did not invoke the special urgency required" to use the emergency laws that it used to bring in the restrictions without going through the lower and upper houses of parliament.
Curfews were for use in sudden emergencies such as a dyke breach, the judge said.
The judge said the fact that the curfew was discussed ahead of its imposition meant that the government had enough warning to go through the proper process.
"Therefore, the use of this law to impose curfew is not legitimate," the court said.