People take part in a procession organised by gay rights activists in central Kiev January 11, 2014. (Gleb Garanich / Landov / Reuters)
The participants in the Equality March scheduled for June 6 in Kiev may receive their draft notices. According to the GenStaff representative Vladislav Seleznyov, the parade may be attended by military commissariat officials who will personally present the activists their notices. He also said that the commissariats are not judging individuals on the basis of political or other factors.
“As far as we are concerned, they are citizens of Ukraine who should defend their country,” Seleznyov added.
GenStaff press service assured on Facebook such actions would be lawful.
“The law does not specify where the summons should be delivered. They can be delivered by any means, and it does not contravene the Article 19 of the Constitution.”
The GenStaff also reminded that each citizen can lodge a court complaint against officials.
“We are emphasizing that the notice is not a ticket into the army. It’s only an invitation to the commissariat to clarify information and/or to undergo a medical inspection,” GenStaff Facebook announcement says.
As a side note, the Right Sector has promised to try to disrupt the June 6 Equality Parade. […]
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