In two cases related to the National Civil Service Law provision that prohibits national public servants from engaging in political activities, the Supreme Court’s Second Petit Bench ruled Nov. 7 that national public servants’ political activities should be banned only when such activities substantively violate the political neutrality legally required of them.

The ruling is significant as it pointed out that because the freedom of expression is an important right on which democracy is based, the prohibition of national public servants’ political activities should be limited to a minimum necessary level.

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