The Constitutional Court of Ukraine: Believers are Free to Hold Outdoors Services

By Christian Telegraph, Christian Telegraph On September 20, 2016

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled as unconstitutional the norm regarding the need to obtain local authorities' permission to conduct divine services outside of church facilities or ritual places, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal

This represented the norm of the USSR law from 1988, and was in force in Ukraine up till now.

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The press service of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine said that the Ukrainian Constitution provides citizens the right to assemble peacefully without weapons, to hold rallies, meetings, marches and demonstrations, therefore the restrictions on the conduct of worship violates the rights of the citizens to a free choice of religion and philosophy.

To refuse or restrict believers in carrying out the rite or service can only court in the interests of national security or public order, decided the constitutional judges of Ukraine.

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled unconstitutional the provision of the law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations," which addresses public worship and religious processions outside church buildings, or ritual space, with the permission of the local authority.

This provision, as well as the decree from 1988 of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR "On the procedure for organizing and holding charges, rallies, marches and demonstrations in the USSR" are repealed from the date of adoption of this decision by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

(c) Christian Telegraph