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Parliament blockade continues; New draft police law deemed problematic
The daily writes about the stalling of the ongoing parliament session, important if the country is to fulfill the EU requirements. After blocking the work of the parliament for two days over the controversial government bill for rights and privileges of war veterans, the legislators from the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration changed their mind and in the name of country’s European integration came back at the session. Other important bills like a new law on following communications, required by the EU, are on the agenda but the return of DUI does not mean that the work can resume. Now the main opposition Social Democrats announced boycotting the session until the DUI does not state clearly whether it will support the government bills or leave the government. Without the Social Democrats there can be no two-third majority needed for passing the law on communications.
Experts say that the new draft law on police has many provisions that break human rights. They say that the bill that has already entered parliament procedure is written unprofessionally, and is being passed in a non-transparent way. At yesterday’s session of the National Council for European Integration, experts demanded revision of the text, more thorough analysis and a debate that should amend the flaws.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
The Serbian paramilitary who became a key prosecution witness at his former comrades’ trial for war crimes in Kosovo says he had to speak out about the brutal massacres his unit committed.