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Kyrgyz Republic: Draft Law Would Limit Freedom of AssemblyLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Article limits religious extremism yet brings de facto prohibition of freedom of association to activists with unregistered public organisations...
(YORK, UK) - Kyrgyz people would be protected from religious extremism under a draft law authored by the State Committee of National Security in July 2013.
The draft legislation has been supported by the public, however, if adopted, the proposed Article 395-2 will lead to stiff fines being imposed on citizens who lead or participate in the activities and funding of unregistered public organisations.
According to Part 2 of Article 3 of the draft law, an organisation which “has not been registered in accordance with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic or whose activities have been suspended or banned” can lead to fines between 70-100 of the Kyrgyz calculation index units (about 110-160 Euros).
Participants in such organisations could face fines from 50-70 units (80-110 Euros). The same Article provides that fines for financing such organisations would be ranging from 50-70 units (80-110 Euros) for individuals, 50-200 units (80-315 Euros) for officials and 400-500 units (630-790 Euros) for legal entities.
The broad terms of this Article would actually go beyond the issue of religious extremism and would de facto prohibit the exercise of freedom of association by citizens who participate in the activities of unregistered public organisations, by subjecting them to heavy fines.
Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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