About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:56 - 24 Nov.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Bill Against ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’ Dropped
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 15 Feb.'16 / 16:01

Parliament has dropped a controversial bill, that sought to make “insult of religious feelings” administrative offense, after its sponsor, MP from GD ruling coalition Soso Jachvliani, withdraw the proposal.

“We take note of the fact that MP Jachvliani has withdrawn this draft, therefore the Parliament is ceasing consideration of this issue,” Parliament Speaker, Davit Usupashvili, said at a session of the parliamentary bureau on February 15.

The bill, which was endorsed by parliament’s human rights committee earlier this month, drew criticism from human rights groups and also from some ruling coalition members. Amnesty International also said that the bill, if approved, would have undermined freedom of expression in Georgia.

A similar bill was proposed in late 2013 by the Georgian Interior Ministry, but it was also dropped at the time.

Although in January, 2015 the Georgian Orthodox Church called on the authorities to provide for protection of rights of believers against “insult of religious feelings”, the Patriarchate denied being behind the recent bill.

Latest News
24 Nov.'17 10:56
Eastern Partnership Summit: Country Expectations
Foreign Ministries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine on their Summit expectations.
23 Nov.'17 17:08
Prime Minister, Security Service Chief on Anti-Terrorist Operation in Tbilisi
Head of the State Security Service says “a serious group” committed a terrorist act against Georgia.
23 Nov.'17 11:49
Court Denies Refugee Status for Turkish Citizen
The court rejected Mustafa Emre Çabuk’s lawsuit against the Ministry of Refugees.
22 Nov.'17 19:13
Three Suspects Dead as Anti-Terrorist Operation Ends
The State Security Service reiterated that the suspects were foreign citizens.
22 Nov.'17 18:22
Anti-Terrorist Operation Over
The status of the suspects still remains unclear.
22 Nov.'17 18:02
Javelin Purchase ‘Solely Defensive,’ Georgian Officials Stress
Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani says the decision “reflects the will of two sovereign nations.” 
22 Nov.'17 16:17
Anti-Terrorist Operation Continues
The number and origins of the suspects remain unclear.
22 Nov.'17 15:26
Deportation of Georgians Linked to National Security, Ukrainian Authorities Tell Ambassador
Gela Dumbadze rejected any connection between the deportations and Mikheil Saakashvili’s activities. 
22 Nov.'17 13:07
One Detained as Anti-Terrorist Operation Continues in Tbilisi
Additional security forces and light armored vehicles have been deployed to the scene.
22 Nov.'17 10:39
Large Scale Police Operation Underway in Tbilisi
Media outlets report that Georgian security forces are carrying out a counter-terrorist operation.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
96