Tanya Lokshina: 'A set of legislative amendments that severely undermine freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, and the right to privacy'

posted 24 Jun 2016, 02:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Jun 2016, 02:15 ]
'On June 24, its very last day in session before the summer break and the September parliamentary election, the lower chamber of Russia’s parliament is planning a final vote – without any meaningful debate or scrutiny – on a set of legislative amendments that severely undermine freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, and the right to privacy – all allegedly in the name of protecting the public from terrorism and extremists, put all really in the service of government control. The draft amendments – called the “Yarovaya Law,” after their key author, Irina Yarovaya, a leading member of the ruling “United Russia” party – included numerous deeply disturbing provisions.'

- Tanya Lokshina, Russia Program Director, Human Rights Watch



Source: 
Tanya Lokshina, 'Draconian Law Rammed Through Russian Parliament,' Human Rights Watch, 23 June 2016
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