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14.06.2010

Authorities in Odessa cite a Soviet decree to ban a meeting in defence of peaceful assembly

   

The city authorities in Odessa banned a protest action planned to coincide with protests throughout the country against Draft Law No. 2450  ““On the procedure for organizing and holding peaceful gatherings”. The planned protest in Odessa was entitled “Exit from Democracy. Password: 2450”. In response to their letter of notification, the organizers were told by the Head of Internal Policy of the Odessa City Council that their protest was unlawful on the grounds of a decree passed back in Soviet times. This document periodically dragged out by those wishing to restrict peaceful assembly stipulates that 10 days must be given.

Article 39 of the Ukrainian Constitution states that:

Citizens have the right to assemble peacefully without arms and to hold meetings, rallies, processions and demonstrations, upon notifying in advance the bodies of executive power or bodies of local self-government.

Restrictions on the exercise of this right may be established by a court in accordance with the law and only in the interests of national security and public order, with the purpose of preventing disturbances or crimes, protecting the health of the population, or protecting the rights and freedoms of other persons.

From information at http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2010/06/14/5136195/

 

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