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En Géorgie, une loi criminalisant les propos portant atteinte aux sensibilités religieuses

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The Georgian parliament will soon consider a bill that would introduce criminal penalties for insulting religious sensibilities. A representative of the Georgian Orthodox Church has stated that the patriarchate supports the bill.

“I … am ready to join these discussions,” said parliamentary Chairperson Irakli Kobakhidze. “The committee will make a definite decision, after which this question will be examined in a plenary format,” Kobakhidze told reporters, according to RIA-Novosti.

The parliamentary Committee for the protection of human rights decided to establish an ad hoc working group to study and amend the bill in detail.

In late 2013 the Georgian Interior Ministry proposed a draft law offering adding the “insult of religious sensibilities” clause to the code of administrative offenses, but at the time the proposal was dropped. In January, 2015 the Georgian Orthodox Church called on the authorities to provide for the protection of the rights of believers against the “insult of religious sensibilities.”

The matter was discussed in parliament in 2016, but did not pass into law at that time.

The author of the current legislative package is a member of the opposition faction “Alliance of Patriots” Emzar Kvitsiani. In particular, the amendments provide for a fine or imprisonment for one year for publicly insulting religious sacred objects, organizations, clergy, and believers. It is also proposed to punish any inscriptions or damage to religious buildings and churches.

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