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12.12.2001

Ministry of Justice of Belarus refused to register a human rights protection organization

   

The Ministry of Justice refused to register the republican public union ‘Legal defense of citizens’.

The motives of the refusal suit the formula ‘a good electorate is an illiterate one’. The Ministry in its response refers to the incorrect formulation of the goals and tasks of the organization and the fact that its name disagrees with the operating laws of Belarus. The Ministry reckons that the legal defense of citizens is not a function of public organizations. To confirm their position the authors of the response quote juridical encyclopedia dictionaries published in 1984 and 1992, in which it is said that the legal aid is conducted ‘in the framework of contracts concluded by states as to the cooperation of their juridical establishments in granting the legal aid in civil, family and criminal cases’. It is clear that the authors of the dictionary consider only the international component of the problem. Granting legal aid by the most progressive legislative system of the world to Soviet citizens was not an urgent problem. 10 years passed. A new state, the Republic of Belarus, appeared. The Constitution of this state guarantees the right to have legal aid to every citizen (Article 62). But the Ministry of Justice ignored the Constitution. As well as interests of citizens of the country.

In fact, a profound legislation reform is going in the state. Recently a new Civil Code has been adopted, new Criminal and Criminal-Procedural Codes have become operable since 1 January 2001.

Source: Human rights protection organization „Khartiya 97’

http://www.charter97.org 

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