The Constitutional Court of Macedonia recently declared some sections of the controversial Law on Travel Documents unconstitutional. The Court’s 25 June 2014 ruling was made public yesterday. According to the Court, which is the highest judicial body in Macedonia, articles of the Law which allowed the authorities to impose severe restrictions on freedom of movement of Macedonian citizens are incompatible with the constitutional right to freedom of movement.
The ERRC and others complained to the Court that the Law granted the authorities excessive powers to revoke the passports of citizens who have been forcibly returned or expelled from another country for having violated that country’s rules on entry and stay. Citizens affected by this measure were prevented not only from travelling to the country from which they were previously expelled, but also to any other country.