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27.11.2012   Movement "For Equal Rights" appeals the refusal to go on with collecting signatures for citizenship law amendments

On November, 26, the representatives of the movement have submitted to the Administrative Disctrict Court an appeal against the refusal to conduct the second stage of gathering signatures for the proposed draft law "Amendments to the Citizenship Law". The amendments, signed by 12 686 citizens, foresee unconditional granting citizenship to willing non-citizens of Latvia, starting from 2014. They were submitted to the Central Electoral Commission on September, 4.

The commission refused to start the second stage of gathering signatures on November, 1, in a unprecedented way claiming itself to be competent to judge, whether the content of the draft law is constitutional. The decision was adopted by 6 votes against 3.

The draft law contains references to specific dates in 2013 and 2014. The court proceedings can be lengthy and, if the court will recognise CEC decision to be unlawful after several months, the draft law will be difficult to implement, even if it will be adopted.

Therefore, the movement requests the court to grant an injunction ordering to conduct the second stage of gathering signatures for the proposed amendments immediately.

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