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Freedom Charter: two abandoned laws in a new wrapping2009-12-24 13:41
Georgian lawmaker Gia Tortladze has submitted a Freedom Charter to the parliament. This is no promising of any civil rights in the manner of the Medieval Freedom Charter or the program of apartheid fighters in RSA. The point at issue is the figurative title of a number of unfavorable draft laws implying the enhancement of the special services' control and identifying former agents, communists and Komsomols.
Today, Chairman of the Anti-Crisis Council, head of parliamentary fraction Powerful Georgia Gia Tortladze presented a Freedom Charter to the deputies; it combines such draft laws as "Concerning Lustration" and "Patriotic Act".
"These two draft laws are related to the country's security and protection of constitutional rights of our citizens. Accordingly, we have combined these draft laws and will introduce them in parliament as the Freedom Charter», - Tortladze stated to the journalists.
The bright idea of uniting the two laws spoken ill of by the non-parliament opposition under one romantic title struck Tortladze a week ago. On December 16, the delegate promised that such combination would enable to create "a comprehensive legislative act".
"The combination will not mean deleting any points from the law Concerning Lustration or the Patriotic Act but will imply certain additions", - Tortladze promised.
Still, even without any additions, both draft laws attracted fierce criticism in Georgia at the stage of their discussion.
The Patriotic Act which determines holding anti-terrorist events in the territory of Georgia was drawn up by the Democratic party of the country and submitted to parliament on November 17.
Tortladze's fraction Powerful Georgia assured that the act was aimed at fighting terrorism. It implies the monitoring of Georgia's borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as the inspection of freights arriving to the territories of both republics.
The draft law also regulates control over large amount bank transfers.
A similar document was passed in the USA after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, which legalized special services' phone-tapping, electronic correspondence review, review of a person's health information and his/hers financial situation.
According to the opposition, in Georgia, the provisions of the law will be used by the authorities against their opponents.