Human Rights Council Asks State Duma to Reconsider Bill on Rallies

posted 6 Jun 2012, 10:26 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Jun 2012, 10:27 ]
Source: (info), 05/06/12 

· Right of assembly 

The chair of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and advisor to Vladimir Putin Mikhail Fedotov has sent a letter to the Speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin, in which he proposes that the new bill on rallies be sent back for renewed consideration at first reading. In the letter Fedotov expresses the view that, due to its significance, the law on rallies requires extensive discussion. Moreover, the introduction of corrective labour as punishment for offences at rallies will require additional state expenditure (organisation of labour, compensation in the event of sentences being overturned, etc.), and so in accordance with Article 104, Section 3, of the Constitution of the Russian Federation the law cannot be passed without an official resolution by the Government of the Russian Federation. An official resolution has not yet been received. [Read more]