Amnesty law comes into force

Amnesty law comes into force

Amnesty law signed by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on January 31 has been published in "Voice of Ukraine", the official newspaper of the Ukrainian parliament. This means that it came into force.

The law "On elimination of negative impacts and prevent prosecution and punishment of persons in connection with the events that took place during the peaceful assembly" introduces a mechanism to exempt protesters from criminal liability and to ensure smooth operation of state and local authorities. It also requires the opposition to comply with three conditions.

First, all buildings of state and local authorities occupied during the protests should be released, obstacles to their proper functioning - removed.

Second, the protesters must "unblock for transport communications" the Hrushevsky Street in Kiev.

Thirdly, "all the streets, squares, alleys and boulevards in the city of Kiev and other Ukrainian settlements, except those with peaceful protest," should be unblocked.

This law comes into force on the day following its publication.

The amnesty covers all protesters engaged in mass demonstrations, excluding those who committed serious crimes. The protesters have 15 days to comply with the conditions.

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