CE and OSCE claim Ukraine's decommunisation law contradicts European standards

Ukrainian law on the condemnation of the communist and national socialist (Nazi) regimes, and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols is generally legitimate but is not in line with the European legal standards.

This is stated in a joint communiqué of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

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According to constitutional law experts at the Venice Commission and the OSCE, the sphere of application of this law is too broad, which may lead to the obstruction of freedom of expression, deprivation of possibilities for political parties to participate in elections. Moreover, the law provides for unfair punishment that should be reconsidered.

Banning political parties from elections or their dissolution should be resorted to only under extreme and exceptional circumstances, experts say.

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They stress it is important to clearly define the concept of term "propaganda," which should include more than a simple expression of opinions or ideas. The mere demonstration of a symbol or use of a name should not lead to imprisonment, experts conclude.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n365812