Azerbaijan, Baku, 31 may / Trend corr. I.Alizade / According to MPs, who represent the Azerbaijani opposition in the Parliament, the amendments and supplements into the Bill on "Freedom of Assemble", limit the rights of citizens for freedom of assemble. "The amendments and supplements introduced into the Bill do not have serious character and enable the Executive Power to prohibit mass rallies," Intizam Akparli, a member of Musavat MP Group, stated.
The issues with regard to the amendments and supplements into the Bill were discussed in the Azerbaijani Parliament on 30 May. The current Bill on "Freedom of Assemble" was adopted in 1998. The project concerning the amendments and supplements into the Bill was developed in 2005. The Council of Europe Venice Commission positively assesses the project developed by the Azerbaijani government. The proposed amendments and supplements into the Bill were passed by 92 votes for.
Fazil Gazanfaroglu, Chairman of the opposition Great Establishment party, stated that set of progressive changes have been introduced into the Bill.
Ikram Israfil, a member of Musavat MP Group, stated that the proposed amendments and supplements into the Bill would not affect the legislation. Nasib Nasibli, another member of Musavat MP Group, stated that limit of citizens' right for freedom of assemble may lead to negative results in the country.
MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev has proposed to withdraw the prohibition put on the military popularization during the mass rallies.
"The proposed amendments and supplements will improve and democratize the Bill," MP Ali Ahmadov and Executive Secretary of New Azerbaijani Party (NAP), stated.
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