Kosovo parliament rejects law on 'defense of KLA values'

US criticised bill for limiting freedom of expression

13 August, 18:29

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, AUG 13 - The Kosovo parliament on Thursday rejected a controversial draft law on the 'defence of Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) values'. The KLA fought against Serbs during conflict in the late 1990s. Serbian media reported that only 35 MPs backed the draft law, while the Democratic League of Kosovo (in government) and the Self-Determination Movement (opposition) did not take part in the voting despite being present. Backing it were MPs from the Democratic Party of Kosovo - which proposed the draft law - as well as the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Nisma, the leaders of which are all former commanders in the KLA. The measure provides for legal consequences for anyone offending or denigrating the honor and the value of the KLA fight and was firmly criticised by Serbia as well as the US and Germany - close allies of Kosovo. The EU and the OSCE said that the law jeopardises freedom of thought and expression. (ANSAmed) (ANSA).

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