Parliament urged to repeal all draconian laws adopted on 16 January

first_img UkraineEurope – Central Asia January 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament urged to repeal all draconian laws adopted on 16 January News Receive email alerts (Photo: Ukrainskaya Pravda) February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV March 26, 2021 Find out more News Noting that the Ukrainian parliament began a special session today with the declared aim of repealing draconian laws adopted illegally on 16 January, Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the extent of this promise and urges parliamentarians to go all the way.“No guarantee has been given that the massive restrictions on freedom of information adopted on 16 January will be among the measures that are repealed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The official statements continue to be ambiguous and the ruling party’s legislators are free to vote as they wish.“It is possible that parliament will settle for just repealing the provisions that have attracted the most attention, above all, those criminalizing opposition demonstrations, and that all the other legislative measures will be confirmed by a properly-conducted vote.”Justice minister Elena Lukash announced yesterday evening that parliament was preparing to repeal “the laws that have provoked a great deal of debate,” especially those increasing the penalties for mass demonstrations.But she added that the laws “that are not eliciting objections” would be voted again. The concern about her comments is reinforced by the cabinet’s approval yesterday of a bill which would make it easier to block websites and which refers to the system established by the 16 January laws.“The draconian 16 January laws form a single block that has changed the nature of the Ukrainian regime and has led to a popular uprising,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The provisions that drastically limit the population’s right to inform and be informed are an integral part of this block. The complete repeal of these laws is essential if the authorities really hope to extricate Ukraine from the authoritarian road they have taken.”The provisions include the re-criminalization of defamation, direct government control over the Internet, prison sentences for poorly defined “extremist activities” and for gathering information about government officials, the power to block websites without court approval, and mass surveillance. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Organisation September 7, 2020 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information UkraineEurope – Central Asia RSF_en last_img read more

PREMIERE: Perpetual Groove Takes Viewers Backstage In New Video For “Part Three” [Watch]

first_imgVeteran rock band Perpetual Groove is celebrating the release of their new album with a music video for “Part Three”. The new tune acts as the opening track from their self-titled studio effort, which is out today on Harmonized Records.Related: Perpetual Groove Plots NYC Blowout As Part Of Fall TourThe video brings fans and viewers backstage with a mix of behind-the-scenes footage showing band members living out what can be an awfully fun life on the road as a touring musician. The dreamy rock tune plays throughout while members of Perpetual Groove and their crew are seen going about their routines in the moments leading up to one of their concerts. The smooth melodies of the song are amplified as it’s played alongside slow-motion video footage, allowing for the listener to take in “Part Three” without causing overstimulation from a visual standpoint.Watch the brand new video for “Part Three” below.Perpetual Groove – “Part Three”[Video: Perpetual Groove]“‘Part Three’ was always what we wanted to open the album with,” the band shared in a statement to go with the relaxing new rock track. “The song starts with a melodic motif that will be familiar to our fans but evolves sonically to a place that sets the tone for the rest of the album. This was a song that continued to grow and change during the process of making the album but wasn’t fully realized lyrically until near the end of the recording process. Lyrically, it is some of Brock’s most personal and best writing.”Fans will get the chance to hear “Part Three” live when Perpetual Groove returns to the road later this year for a run of tour dates beginning again on July 12th in Wilmington, NC. The tour will continue well into the fall months before wrapping on November 23rd in Atlanta, GA.It’s worth noting that the band has released Perpetual Groove on CD, and, for the first time ever, on vinyl as well. You can stream Perpetual Groove in its entirety below:Perpetual Groove – Perpetual Groove – Full AlbumFor ticketing and more information, head to Perpetual Groove’s website.last_img read more

Kumble urges India to move on from Pune debacle

first_img(REUTERS) – India coach Anil Kumble urged his team to move on from the debacle in the opening Test against Australia as the hosts seek a series-levelling victory in the second match starting tomorrow.On a raging turner in Pune, Australia triumphed by 333 runs inside three days, snapping India’s 19-Test unbeaten run stretching back to their tour to Sri Lanka in 2015.While Virat Kohli’s men won in Sri Lanka and West Indies, they also vanquished South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh for six straight series victories.“You can’t keep winning every game. It has to come to an end at some point of time,” Kumble, 46, told reporters yesterday.“Twenty games in current scenario of Test cricket, it’s quite challenging for an international side to keep going out there and winning. That’s what this team has been able to do across conditions.“We have adapted to various conditions and various situations and that’s what we didn’t do in the last game. That’s why the result didn’t go our way.”The former spinner, also India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, said Pune was just a blip in an otherwise bumper home season.“I don’t want to look back. We are here to look ahead. As a coach it’s more important for me to look ahead,” said Kumble, who took over the coaching reins last year.“It was one of those games where things didn’t go our way and we just need to move on. Another three Test matches in the series and we are really looking forward to that.“We have had a fantastic home season and it’s just one of those games where things didn’t go our way.”Kumble said Australia were a quality opposition but India did not play to their potential.Asked about the nature of pitch to be used for the second Test, the Bengaluru native said: “It’s generally been a good batting surface and I’m sure it’s going to be a result wicket.“That’s exactly what we want in a Test match.”last_img read more

Cofie gets new coach at Verona

first_imgBlack stars midfielder Isaac Coffie has a new coach in the person of Eugenio Corini after Verona sacked Domenico Di Carlo as a result of their Sunday defeat.Chievo slipped into the bottom three at the weekend after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Palermo.Chievo have now turned to Corini – a former midfielder with the club as he spent six years with them as a player.Corini, who has agreed a deal until the summer, has never managed at the top level with his previous experience coming with Portogruaro, Crotone and Frosinone.last_img