French ruling UMP party has proposed a new law in the parliament under which the country’s watchdogs will be granted less power and authority than what they enjoyed before, Press TV reports.
“We are worried, because this new law will protect the wrong doers who until now have been dragged to the courts by civil societies, over affairs like corruption, environment scandals, racial discrimination, health scandals like the one we saw last year over poisonous killer pills. This law will discourage us from going to the courts.” said Severine Tessier, spokesperson for the corruption-fighting association ANTICOR.
The new proposed law will grant corruption detectors penal action instead of civil ones, which is totally against the current practice.
The corruption watchdogs now consider themselves as the main targets of the new proposed law.
Although the ruling party claims that its proposed law is intended to prevent some civil society organizations from abusing their position but in the past few years the very same corruption watchdogs which are not targeted have revealed secret ties between French politicians and powerful businessmen, arms dealers and despotic African leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
Watchdogs fear that if the proposed law comes into effect it would silent all requests for cleaner politics.
The outcome of the new French parliament makeup in the next few weeks will decide if the current ruling party will maintain its majority in the parliament to push for its proposal to come into effect.