The constitutional court refused to evaluate the lawfulness of one of the “Church” laws
The group of nearly fifty people’s deputies were asked to evaluate the legality of the adoption by Parliament of the law.
The constitutional court of Ukraine dismissed the petition of group of deputies to assess the validity of the law on the subordination of religious organizations and registration. This is stated in the message on the court’s website.
It is reported that on March 19 the Grand chamber, the COP considered the constitutional representation of 47 people’s deputies adopted a resolution on refusal to open constitutional proceedings.
In the constitutional petition, the deputies relied on article 35 of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion. They believe that the law contains a number of provisions that indicate excessive intervention and over-regulation of activities of religious organizations. In particular, they pointed to the “very onerous” new procedure for the registration/re-registration of statutes of religious communities.
Deputies also saw in the law a violation of article 36 on freedom of Association of citizens and article 37, which eliminates the prohibition of activity of associations of extrajudicial way.
In addition, the submission argued that Parliament had violated the rules in the adoption of the law, in particular, it was not personal vote.
We will remind, the Parliament approved the rules of religious communities change of command on January 17. According to the law, the decision to move the religious community to the jurisdiction of another Church shall be taken at the meeting on individual rules of the community.
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