Georgia's Christian-Democrats demand repealing bill on amendments to law on Assemblies
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jul.15 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The Georgian Parliamentary faction Christian-Democrats demand repealing a bill on amendments to the law on Assemblies and ceasing manifestations till getting the Venice Commission's assessment.
The faction's meeting with the attendance of representatives of the non-governmental organizations including the Association of young lawyers and Article 42 of the Constitution, focused on these demands.
Diplomatic corpus also advices to wait for the Venice Commission's assessment and not to make amendments, deputy speaker Levan Vepkhvadze said.
Representatives of the non-governmental organizations expressed their remarks on a bill. According to them, there must be specifications in the law from what distance and cases so called non-lethal arms can be used and what parts of body is allowed shooting. It was also noted that, there are no terms to increase term of administrative punishment from 30 to 90 days in Georgia.
Author of the draft-amendments Pavle Kublashvili expressed his surprise on inadequacy of opposition. Amendments specify the law to prevent interpreting its items, Kublashvili said.
The draft amendments to the law on manifestations prohibit blocking the roads with various constructions and it can be allowed only in case the number of protestors is very large. The rallies will be prohibited in 20 meters radius from the governmental buildings; the administrative fines for organizers and protestors will be grown; administrative sentence for resistance to the police will be also grown from 30 to 90 days. In addition, the police will have legal right to use non-lethal arms.