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Parliament adopts amendments to the law on assembly and manifestation in second reading2009-07-16 15:07
At today's plenary session the parliament of Georgia adopted amendment drafts to the law on assembly and manifestation and a number of associated draft laws including the law on police and the Administrative Code in a second reading.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This time parliamentary majority was not unanimous adopting the changes above with one deputy voting negatively.
Eventually amendments to the law on assembly and manifestation were adopted unanimously with 82 votes, the law on police - with 78 votes and 1 negative vote, and amendments to the Administrative Code were adopted with 77 parliamentary votes, one deputy voting against it.
By leaving the session room before the start of voting the parliamentary opposition objected to the set of draft laws that make rules of public gatherings more stringent and impose liability for law violation during protests.
Kartuli Dasi leader Jondi Bagaturia proposed his own amendment draft to the Administrative Code that would provide for reduction in administrative imprisonment to 15 days, but only one deputy voted for it leaving the draft unadopted.
The new set of law drafts the parliament approved of in a second reading today stipulates a number of limitations including ban on public meetings in 20 m proximity to administrative and state buildings, as well as ban on road blockage with insufficient number of participants and installation of all kinds of constructions (like cage cells). The term of administrative imprisonment is now 90 days instead of 30 days as before.
Responding to the claims of opposition the authors of the draft law - the parliamentary majority - say that proposed amendments are in full compliance with international standards and in no violation of human rights, including the right of assembly and manifestation.