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OSCE calls to review bill on pre-trial websites blockage

Harlem Désir, Secretary of State for European Affairs, stated that there were no articles in the bill which provide an effective judicial review and an appropriate process concerning the decisions on the access blockage
12:48, 7 July 2018

Radio Liberty

Harlem Désir, Secretary of State for European Affairs, expressed concern about the bill on the pre-trial blockage of websites presented in the Verkhovna Rada, as the OSCE website reports.

“I call on the lawmakers to seriously reconsider the text of the draft law and balance security concerns with the citizens’ right to free expression and free media,” Désir said.

According to him, there are no articles in the bill which provide an effective judicial review and an appropriate process concerning the decisions on the access blockage.

Related: Poroshenko signs law on National Security of Ukraine

“While I share the national security concerns of Ukraine, the draft bill should entail specific and clear measures aimed at protecting the principles of transparency, proportionality and necessity, and avoid the application of overly broad and excessive measures affecting the dissemination of online content in Ukraine. The draft law also lacks provisions ensuring effective judicial oversight and due process regarding decisions on blocking of access to services,” the Secretary said.

Related: Ukraine passes new law ‘On National Security’— What is next?

Earlier, on July 4 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on national security and defence recommended the MPs to adopt the bill on the amendments to some Ukraine’s legislative acts to counter threats to national security in the information sphere at the first reading. Later, the bill could not be included in the Parliament’s agenda.

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