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Friday, 09 November 2012 09:14

Viktor Yanukovych should decide the fate of the draft law № 10221

KYIV – The Chairman of the Parliament addressed to the President of Ukraine on November 6, 2012 the draft law № 10221, introduced substantial amendments to the Law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations".

It became known from the official parliamentary website, reports the Institute for Religious Freedom.

According to Article 94 of the Constitution of Ukraine the adopted law is signed by the Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine and immediately sent to the President of Ukraine. After receiving the law within 15 days the President signs it, taking for execution, and officially promulgates it or returns the law with his motivated and formulated proposals to the Parliament for reconsideration.

It will be recalled that the members of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, the Meeting of representatives of the Christian Churches of Ukraine, as well as human rights defenders, social activists and researchers called on the President to veto the draft law № 10221 in order to avoid legal restrictions on religious freedom in Ukraine.

Thus, till November 21, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych should decide whether to sign or veto the draft law.

As it became known to IRF, earlier this week the leaders of churches and religious organizations appealed to the Chairman of the Parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn with the request not to allow the entry into force of significant amendments to the Law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations" adopted in gross violation of the Constitution and the Rules of Parliament.

It is noteworthy that at the time of the adoption of the draft law № 10221 in both the first and second readings, as well as in rejection the decision on its cancellation, the plenary session of the Parliament led the First Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine Adam Martyniuk, representing the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Translation by Svitlana Sydorenko
© 2012 The Institute for Religious Freedom Kyiv, Ukraine


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