Constitutional expert and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Professor. Rose-Marie Belle-Antoine says with a SOE (State of Emergency), rights are effectively suspended for the greater good for a limited period of time.
Speaking with IzzSo Media last evening Prof. Belle-Antoine said “a State of Emergency is much broader as the state has more powers than they would not normally have – powers of arrest being one.”
Announcements made by the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley declaring T&T in a SOE from Sunday 17th 12 midnight and also declaring a curfew from 9pm – 5am, sent citizens into a panic about their constitutional rights and the way in which the law will now be enforced by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
Prof. Belle-Antoine said a SOE continues throughout; where as with a curfew, which is only active from 9pm – 5am, persons freedom of movement is limited based on the time frame allowed.
Voice of: Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law.
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