Ukrainians denied right to refuse from ID cards due to religious views

This decision of Ukraine's Supreme Court in this case is imposable and is to be completed in all similar cases
17:20, 26 March 2018

The Cassation Administrative Court of the Supreme Court denied ID cards refusal of Ukrainian citizens due to their religious beliefs. Ukrainski Novyny reported referring to the Court's press office. 

“Today, the Supreme Court consisting of the panel of judges of the Cassation Administrative Court dismissed the claim,” the message says.

The Supreme Court treated the suit as an exemplary case. Therefore, the Supreme Court’s decision is important and to be applied to the similar cases.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of Ukraine opened a criminal proceeding on this exemplary case as it had received a relevant impression of Zhytomyr District Court – whether it is legal to refuse to get an ID card. Nataliya Dehtyar from Zhytomyr region filed a suit on November 30, 2017.

She asked to obligate Ukraine’s Migration Service to make her not an ID card, but a document in the form of a passport. The reason she appealed to the court is that due to her religious beliefs she does not want her Ukrainian passport to be a card with a non-contact electronic media which comprises her personal data. The suitor stated that the Ukrainian passport can be made in the form of an ID card and in the form of a book. Therefore, she believes, that the passport in the form of a card is an option, not an obligation of the citizen. The Migration Service does not have a right to obligate the citizens to have ID cards solely.

As it is known, the Cabinet of Ministers banned the Ukrainian passport in the form of a book on March 21.

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