President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has signed a law on strengthening responsibility for violating the order of holding mass events, as well as for participating in extremist activities and promoting extremist activities. Belta reported this.
According to the law, responsibility is provided for extremism (participation in extremist formation and promotion of extremist activities, training in such activities). In Belarus, articles on stirring of social hatred, justification of Nazism, calls for the overthrow of the constitutional order, attempts to seize power, and mass riots are described as "extremism."
Liability is also provided for repeated violations of the procedure for holding mass events (at the same time, liability will arise in the presence of double administrative prejudice).
Liability is introduced for the dissemination of prohibited information by the owner of the Internet resource, committed within a year after being brought to administrative responsibility, as well as for illegal collection and dissemination of personal data, non-compliance with the requirements for their protection.
In addition, there was a liability for illegal collection or receipt of information constituting state secrets, with the aim of disseminating them (in the absence of signs of treason or espionage).
Criminal liability is also introduced for intentionally illegally providing information about another person's private life and personal data without his or her consent, and for rehabilitating Nazism. If a citizen is convicted twice a year for propaganda, demonstration, distribution of Nazi symbols, storage for distribution, he may face up to four years of custodial restraint or imprisonment.
At the same time, the responsibility for the murder of a police officer has been strengthened (a similar responsibility has been introduced for the murder of a militant), resistance to those who protect public order, violence, or the threat of its use against such persons.
As it was reported earlier, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk.