Excessive imposition of states of emergency

Other Names:
Undeclared states of emergency
Governance by emergency

The declaration of states of emergency by governments allow them to suspend, limit or abolish essential judicial guarantees which can degenerate into serious, systematic violations of human rights. Excessive numbers of such declarations can become commonplace and are liable to become perennial.


While in some cases states of emergency are justified, the following countries were reported in the period between August 1987 to November 1988 to have proclaimed, extended or continued states of emergency:

[Africa] Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Lesotho, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe

[America] Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname

[Asia] Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syrian AR, Taiwan (Rep of China)

[Pacific] Fiji, Papua New Guinea

[Europe] France, Turkey, UK

Societal Problems Emergencies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
16.02.2022 – 04:54 CET