Basic Freedoms and Rights of the Individual and Citizen
Part 1 Civil and political freedoms and rights
(1) Citizens of the Republic of Macedonia are equal in their freedoms62 and rights, regardless of sex, race, color of skin, national and social origin, political and religious beliefs, property and social status.
(2) All citizens are equal before the Constitution and law.63
(1) The human right to life is irrevocable.
(2) The death penalty shall not be imposed on any grounds whatsoever in the Republic of Macedonia.
(1) The human right to physical and moral dignity6111 is irrevocable. Any form of torture, or inhuman or humiliating conduct or punishment, is prohibited.
(2) Forced labor is prohibited.
(1) The human right to freedom is irrevocable.
(2) No person's freedom can be restricted except by court decision or in cases and procedures determined by law.
(3) Persons summoned, apprehended or detained shall immediately be informed of the reasons for the summons, apprehension or detention and on their rights. They shall not be forced to make a statement. A person has a right to an attorney in police and court procedure.
(4) Persons detained shall be brought before a court as soon as possible, within a maximum period of 24 hours from the moment of detention, and the legality of their detention shall there be decided upon without delay.
(5) Detention may last, by court decision, for a maximum of 90 days from the day of detention.
(6) Persons detained may, under the conditions determined by law, be released from custody to conduct their defence.
(1) A person indicted for an offence shall be considered innocent until his/her guilt is established by a legally valid court verdict.
(2) A person unlawfully detained, apprehended or convicted has a right to legal redress and other rights determined by law.
(1) No person may be punished for an offence which has not been declared an offence punishable by law, or by other acts, prior to its being committed, and for which no punishment has been prescribed.
(2) No person may be tried in a court of law for an offence of which he/she has already been tried and for which a legally valid court verdict has already been brought.
The right to appeal against individual legal acts issued in a first instance proceedings by a court, administrative body, organization or other institution carrying out public mandates is guaranteed.
(1) The freedom of personal conviction, conscience, thought and public expression6242 of thought is guaranteed.
(2) The freedom of speech, public address, public information and the establishment of institutions for public information is guaranteed.
(3) Free access to information and the freedom of reception and transmission of information are guaranteed.
(4) The right of reply via the mass media is guaranteed.
(5) The right to a correction in the mass media is guaranteed.
(6) The right to protect a source of information in the mass media is guaranteed.
(7) Censorship is prohibited.
(1) The freedom and confidentiality of correspondence andother forms of communication is guaranteed.
(2) Only a court decision may authorize non-application of the principle of the inviolability of the confidentiality of correspondence and other forms of communication, in cases where it is indispensable to a criminal investigation or required in the interests of the defence of the Republic.
(1) The security and confidentiality of personal information are guaranteed.
(2) Citizens are guaranteed protection from any violation of their personal integrity deriving from the registration of personal information through data processing.
(1) The freedom of religious confession623 is guaranteed.
(2) The right to express one's faith freely and publicly, individually or with others is guaranteed.
(3) The Macedonian Orthodox Church and other religious communities and groups are free to establish schools and other social and charitable institutions, by ways of a procedure regulated by law.
(1) Citizens are guaranteed freedom of association to exercise and protect their political, economic, social, cultural and other rights and convictions.
(2) Citizens may freely establish associations of citizens and political parties, join them or resign from them.
(3) The programs and activities of political parties and other associations of citizens may not be directed at the violent destruction of the constitutional order of the Republic, or at encouragement or incitement to military aggression or ethnic, racial or religious hatred or intolerance.
(4) Military or paramilitary associations which do not belong to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Macedonia are prohibited.
(1) Citizens have the right to assemble peacefully and to express public protest without prior announcement or a special license.
(2) The exercise of this right may be restricted only during a state of emergency or war.
(1) Every citizen on reaching 18 years of age acquires the right to vote.6217
(2) The right to vote is equal, universal and direct, and is exercised at free elections by secret ballot.
(3) Persons deprived of the right to practice their profession by a court verdict do not have the right to vote.
Every citizen has the right to take part in the performance of public office.
(1) Every citizen has a right to petition state and other public bodies, as well as to receive an answer.
(2) A citizen cannot be called to account or suffer adverse consequences for attitudes expressed in petitions, unless they entail the committing of a criminal offence.
Each citizen is guaranteed the respect and protection of the privacy of his/her personal and family life and his/her dignityand repute.
(1) The inviolability of the home is guaranteed.
(2) The right to the inviolability of the home may be restricted only by a court decision in cases of the detection or prevention of criminal offenses or the protection of people's health.
(1) Every citizen of the Republic of Macedonia has the right of free movement on the territory of the Republic and freely to choose his/her place of residence.
(2) Every citizen has the right to leave the territory of the Republic and to return to the Republic.
(3) The exercise of these rights may be restricted by law only in cases where it is necessary for the protection of the security of the Republic, criminal investigation or protection of people's health.
(1) The defence of the Republic of Macedonia is the right and duty of every citizen.
(2) The exercise of this right and duty of citizens is regulated by law.
(1) Foreign subjects enjoy freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Constitution in the Republic of Macedonia, under conditions regulated by law and international agreements.
(2) The Republic guarantees the right of asylum to foreign subjects and stateless persons expelled because of democratic political convictions and activities.
(3) Extradition of a foreign subject can be carried out only on a basis of a ratified international agreement and on the principle of reciprocity. A foreign subject cannot be extradited for political criminal offenses. Acts of terrorism are not regarded as political criminal offenses.
Part 2 Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
(1) The right to ownership of property622 and the right of inheritance are guaranteed.
(2) Ownership of property creates rights and duties and should serve the well-being of both the individual and the community.
(3) No person may be deprived of his/her property or of the rights deriving from it, except in cases concerning the public interest determined by law.
(4) If property is expropriated or restricted, rightful compensation not lower than its market value is guaranteed.
Foreign subjects in the Republic of Macedonia may acquire the right of ownership of property under conditions determined by law.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, protection at work and material assistance during temporary unemployment.
(2) Every job is open to all under equal conditions.
(3) Every employee has a right to appropriate remuneration.
(4) Every employee has the right to paid daily, weekly and annual leave. Employees cannot waive this right.
(5) The exercise of the rights of employees and their positions are regulated by law and collective agreements.
Everyone is obliged to pay tax and other public contributions, as well as to share in the discharge of public expenditure in a manner determined by law.
Citizens have a right to social security and social insurance, determined by law and collective agreement.
(1) The Republic provides for the social protection and social security of citizens in accordance with the principle of social justice.
(2) The Republic guarantees the right of assistance to citizens who are infirm or unfit for work.
(3) The Republic provides particular protection for invalid persons, as well as conditions for their involvement in the life of the society.
(1) The Republic guarantees particular social security rights to veterans of the Anti-Fascist War and of all Macedonian national liberation wars, to war invalids to, to those expelled and imprisoned for the ideas of the separate identity of the Macedonian people and of Macedonian statehood, as well as to members of their families without means of material and social subsistence.
(2) The particular rights are regulated by law.
(1) In order to exercise their economic and social rights, citizens have the right to establish trade unions. Trade unions can constitute confederations and become members of international trade union organizations.
(2) The law may restrict the conditions for the exercise of the right to trade union organization in the armed forces, the police and administrative bodies.
(1) The right to strike is guaranteed.
(2) The law may restrict the conditions for the exercise of the right to strike in the armed forces, the police and administrative bodies.
(1) Every citizen is guaranteed the right to health care.
(2) Citizens have the right and duty to protect and promote their own health and the health of others.
(1) The Republic provides particular care and protection for the family.
(2) The legal relations in marriage, the family and cohabitation are regulated by law.
(3) Parents have the right and duty to provide for the nurturing and education of their children. Children are responsible for the care of their old and inform parents.
(4) The Republic provides particular protection for children without parents and children without parental care.
(1) It is a human right freely to decide on the procreation of children.
(2) The Republic conducts a humane population policy in order to provide balanced economic and social development.
(1) The Republic particularly protects mothers, children and minors. A person under 15 years of age cannot be employed.
(2) Minors and mothers have the right to particular protection at work. Minors may not be employed in work which is detrimental to their health or morality.
(1) Everyone has the right to a healthy environment to live in.
(2) Everyone is obliged to promote and protect the environment.
(3) The Republic provides conditions for the exercise of the right of citizens to a healthy environment.
(1) Everyone has a right to education.
(2) Education is accessible to everyone under equal conditions.
(3) Primary education is compulsory and free.
Citizens have a right to establish private schools at all levels of education, with the exception of primary education, under conditions determined by law.
(1) The autonomy of universities is guaranteed.
(2) The conditions of establishment, performance and termination of the activities of a university are regulated by law.
(1) The freedom of scholarly, artistic and other forms of creative work is guaranteed.
(2) Rights deriving from scholarly, artistic or other intellectual creative work are guaranteed.
(3) The Republic stimulates, assists and protects the development of scholarship, the arts and culture.
(4) The Republic stimulates and assists scientific and technological development.
(5) The Republic stimulates and assists technical education and sport.
(1) Members of nationalities have a right freely to express, foster and develop their identity and national attributes.
(2) The Republic guarantees the protection of the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the nationalities.
(3) Members of the nationalities have the right to establish institutions for culture and art, as well as scholarly and other associations for the expression, fostering and development of their identity.
(4) Members of the nationalities have the right to instruction in their language in primary and secondary education, as determined by law. In schools where education is carried out in the language of a nationality, the Macedonian language is also studied.
(1) The Republic cares for the status and rights of those persons belonging to the Macedonian people in neighboring countries, as well as Macedonian expatriates, assists their cultural development and promotes links with them. In the exercise of this concern the Republic will not interfere in the sovereign rights of other states or in their internal affairs.
(2) The Republic cares for the cultural, economic and social rights of the citizens of the Republic abroad.
Part 3 Guarantees of Basic Freedoms and Rights
(1) Every citizen may invoke the protection of freedoms and rights determined by the Constitution before the regular courts, as well as before the Constitutional Court of Macedonia, through a procedure based upon the principles of priority and urgency.
(2) Judicial protection of the legality of individual acts of state administration, as well as of other institutions carrying out public mandates, is guaranteed.
(3) A citizen has the right to be informed on human rights and basic freedoms as well as actively to contribute, individually of jointly with others, to their promotion and protection.
(1) In the Republic of Macedonia laws shall be in accordance with the Constitution and all other regulations in accordance with the Constitution and law.
(2) Everyone is obliged to respect the Constitution and the laws.
(1) Laws and other regulations are published before they come into force.
(2) Laws and other regulations are published in 'The Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia' at most seven days after the day of their adoption.
(3) Laws come into force on the eighth day after the day of their republication at the earliest, or on the day of publication in exceptional cases determined by the Assembly.
(4) Laws and other regulations may not have a retroactive effect, except in cases when this is more favorable for the citizens.
The office of attorney is an autonomous and independent public service, providing a legal assistance and carrying out public mandates in accordance with the law.
(1) The freedoms and rights of the individual and citizen can be restricted only in cases determined by the Constitution.
(2) The freedoms and rights of the individual and citizen can be restricted during states of war or emergency, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
(3) The restriction of freedoms and rights cannot discriminate on grounds of sex, race, color of skin, language, religion, national or social origin, property or social status.
(4) The restriction of freedoms and rights cannot be applied to the right to life, the interdiction of torture, inhuman and humiliating conduct and punishment, the legal determination of punishable offenses and sentences, as well as to the freedom of personal conviction, conscience, thought and religious confession.
Part 4 Foundations for Economic Relations
(1) The freedom of the market and entrepreneurship is guaranteed.
(2) The Republic ensures an equal legal position to all parties in the market. The Republic takes measures against monopolistic positions and monopolistic conduct on the market.
(3) The freedom of the market and entrepreneurship can be restricted by law only for reasons of the defence of theRepublic, protection of the natural and living environment or public health.
(1) All the natural resources of the Republic of Macedonia, the flora and fauna, amenities in common use, as well as the objects and buildings of particular cultural and historical value determined by law, are amenities of common interest for the Republic and enjoy particular protection.
(2) The Republic guarantees the protection, promotion and enhancement of the historical and artistic heritage of the Macedonian people and of the nationalities and the treasures of which it is composed, regardless of their legal status. The law regulates the mode and conditions under which specific items of general interest for the Republic can be ceded for use.
The Republic of Macedonia stimulates economic progress and provides for a more balanced spatial and regional development, as well as for the more rapid development of economically underdeveloped regions.
(1) Ownership and labor form the basis for management and sharing in decision-making.
(2) Participation in management and decision-making in public institutions and services is regulated by law, on the principles of expertise and competence.
(1) Foreign investors are guaranteed the right to the free transfer of invested capital and profits.
(2) The rights obtained on the basis of the capital invested may not be reduced by law or other regulations.
(1) The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia is a currency-issuing bank.
(2) The National Bank is autonomous and responsible for the stability of the currency, monetary policy and for the general liquidity of payments in the Republic and abroad.
(3) The organization and work of the National Bank are regulated by law.