International human rights treaties typically permit states parties to derogate from their obligations thereunder during time of war or other public emergency threatening the life of the nation1: in the United Kingdom, derogation from certain provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights2 is permitted both by the Convention and by statute3. A derogation signals a departure from Convention standards during emergency situations; and it is accepted that extraordinary measures impacting on otherwise guaranteed rights, or going beyond permissible limitations on rights, may sometimes be unavoidable
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