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Saturday, December 03, 2005

 

Repressive 'security' bill passed in Belarus

From Radio Free Europe:

The lower house of the Belarusian National Assembly, the Chamber of Representatives, has passed in its second reading a tough new security bill that, among other things, would make it a criminal offense both to discredit Belarus's standing abroad and to train people to take part in street demonstrations. Deputies approved the bill by a majority of 97 to four. Human rights activists say the amendments to the criminal law contained in the bill are politically motivated and aimed at undermining the opposition in the run-up to next year's presidential elections.

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