“Social defamation” law adopted by Senate

The Senate adopted on Wednesday the law on the promotion of human dignity and tolerance toward group differences, a law filed in the Senate by PSD Interim President Liviu Dragnea. The law was adopted with 52 votes in favour, 23 against and 3 abstentions.
The law will next enter the Lower Chamber, which has the final say on it. According to the Senate’s decision, social defamation could result in fines ranging from RON 1,000 to 30,000 if it targets a physical person, and RON 2,000 to 100,000 if it targets a social group, almost two-times higher than the RON 60,000 fine set by the initiator of the law.
The legislative proposal also seeks the setting up of the Department for the Promotion of Human Dignity and Tolerance, within the National Antidiscrimination Council.
Social-Democrat Liviu Dragnea’s proposal at the same time seeks the promotion of human dignity and tolerance in schools too, but also at the level of the public administration and civil servants. Likewise, the draft law points out that human dignity and tolerance should also be promoted through the mass-media. Moreover, any employer with at least 50 employees should include in its statutes a set of rules concerning the respect for human rights, the combating of discrimination and the promotion of human dignity and of tolerance toward group differences.

Some PNL voices oppose the legislative proposal

Opposition toward the draft law came from several PNL MPs, Liberal Senator Emil Pascan stating that tolerance cannot be imposed by force, in a coercive manner, and that if it were so simple there would no longer have been any wars.
“Romanians have always been a tolerant people, they don’t need a law that would impose tolerance,” the Liberal stated, adding that “this draft law cannot contribute to the improvement of the atmosphere between us and the minorities.”
PNL Senator Octavian Motoc also contested the law: “I come from Dobrogea, considered a model of tolerance, there was no need for constraints such as this draft law in order for this model to exist.”

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