Party cannot be banned without a court decision - Justice Minister

Local councils in some regions of Western Ukraine and the self-proclaimed authorities of People's Parliament banned activities of Party of Regions and the Communist Party on their territories. This is illegal, says Olena Lukash, Justice Minister of Ukraine.

According to the statement published on the Ministry of Justice website, such legally binding decisions can be taken only by the court.

Lukash said that the Constitution guarantees freedom of political expression that is not prohibited by law, and guarantees non-interference of the authorities in activities of a political party; only court injunction against party activities can close it. In addition, the prohibition of political parties without a trial is contrary to European standards of functioning of political parties.

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