2008 11/11

Уладзімер Кацора (Гомель)Uladzimir Katsora, Homel activist of the democratic forces, has received answers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Constitutional Court of Belarus to his inquiry concerning the restoration of the legal status of the NGO ‘Civil Initiatives’.

Mr. Katsora directed his appeal to the abovementioned state organs in October 2008. ‘Civil Initiatives’ was liquidated by Homel oblast court in 2003. Three years later the UN Human Rights Committee confessed that the organization was liquidated unlawfully, with violation of the freedom of association, and therefore was to be restored.

As soon as the legal status has not been returned to ‘Civil Initiatives’, U.Katsora as one of its founders, addressed the authorities with the demand to implement the decision of the UN Human Rights Committee.

As said by the human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka to the BelaPAN, all three answers to Katsora’s appeal were negative. In particular, in the letter signed by the first deputy minister of foreign affairs Ihar Petryshenka it is said:

‘The opinions of the Human Rights Committee are advisory and the facultative protocol does not impose obligations concerning implementation of the committee’s recommendations’.
At the same time, the official points that ‘the constitutional right to apply to international organizations with the aim to protect one’s rights’ is not violated’.

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