2010 14/01
Уладзімер Кацора, Гомель

Uladzimir Katsora, Homel

Homel activist of the Movement “For Freedom” Uladzimir Katsora appealed to public authorities with a demand to implement the requirement of the decision by the UN Human Rights Committee on the reestablishment of the public association “Civil Initiatives”.

Appropriate appeals were sent to the Council of Ministers, the Presidential Administration, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which, according to law, must create conditions for the implementation of international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

– Belarusian officials have been saying about the fact that decisions by the Committee are advisory in nature, – says Uladzimir Katsora. – But these decisions are part of international law, mandatory for implementation by Belarus. Moreover, such commitments were undertaken voluntarily when signing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocol thereto, – says Uladzimir Katsora.

In his appeals, the activist reminds the officials about the principle of «Pacta sunt servanda», which runs as follows: “Every treaty in force is binding upon the parties and should be faithfully executed.” This principle is laid down in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, signed by Belarus.

Homel regional public association “Civil Initiatives” was closed down by the Regional Court in 2003. Following Viktar Karneyenka’s complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, the elimination of the association was recognized a violation of the right to freedom of association by the Republic of Belarus. None the less, until today the Belarusian authorities have not even published the Committee’s decision.

Prepared by Ales Leta,
Belarusian Legal Portal,

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