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You're reading: Brewing in parliament: a new threat to peaceful assembly

On June 5, a working group of the nation’s parliament committee on
human rights gathered to discuss the new bill On Freedom of Peaceful
Assembly. Despite sharp criticism from the civil society organization For Peaceful Assembly! and some
opposition deputies, the draft bill received approval from representatives of the parliament committee,
the Interior Ministry, as well as the High Administrative Court and
Justice Ministry. This means it will now
end up in the session hall and is well on its way to adoption.

But the new bill contains very similar norms as the previous
controversial one on the same issue. There were two attempts to vote
on it, in 2010 and 2012, and both times the vote was fiercely opposed
by civic organizations.

Thousands of
activists in all regions of Ukraine protested, which forced  parliament to remove the bill from the agenda. The law had also been
negatively assessed by the Venice Commission, the advisory
body of the Council of Europe on legal and
constitutional issues.

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