NO TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH BILL

Kyiv
21.10.11


A proposed bill aimed at curtailing the powers of Ukrainian Secret Police officers (SBU) was rejected by Ukraine's parliament today.

The bill, which was put forward by opposition MP Arseniy Yatseniuk, sought to introduce criminal punishment of 8-10 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of persecuting citizens "for freedom of speech, thought or expression of political views".

The proposal was rejected by 361 votes to 63.



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