Law amendments a threat to civil society
Civil Rights Defenders and several other international human rights organisations urge the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian Parliament, to quash recent legislative amendments that impose limitations on freedom of assembly and association and severely restrict the work of Belarusian civil society groups, especially those working on human rights or related issues.
On 3 October 2011, the House of Representatives adopted a set of restrictive legislative amendments to a number of Belarusian legislative acts. The amendments are now on the agenda of the Council of the Republic and will be considered during its next session, which is scheduled to start on October 21.
We are very concerned about the inevitable repercussions of these proposed legislative changes for the work of Belarusian NGOs. We believe that the new amendments constitute a grave threat to civil society in Belarus and have no place in legislation of a country which has, for more than a decade, been a party to several key international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Tags: Civil society and Criminal code.