2009 22/10
Сяргей Гоўша, Баранавічы

Siarhei Housha, Baranavichy

Baranavichy human rights activist Siarhei Housha has lodged a repeated complaint with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, voicing his opposition to the Ministry’s reply, which named the Optional Protocol as ‘not having a binding effect’ for the parties to the Treaty to implement the conclusions by the UN Human Rights Committee.

In his complaint, the human rights activist stresses that the conclusions by the Committee ARE binding, which is stated in Article 61 of the Belarusian Constitution, securing everyone’s right, under international legal acts, ratified by Belarus, to address international organizations to protect one’s rights and freedoms, in case he or she is unable to find rehabilitation within the national legal system. According to the universal international law, a country which is a party to an international treaty must implement its provisions, which is enshrined in the Vienna Convention, to which Belarus is a party.

Mr. Housha also reminds the Ministry about its violations of the Law on Public Appeals. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was either to redirect his first complaint to a competent body or provide explanations at which state organ he could address his claim. Therefore, he urges the officials to provide a substantive answer.

The activist’s first complaint was caused by the Ministry’s unwillingness to implement the recommendations by the UN Human Rights Committee on the registration of the Human Rights Center Viasna.
Source: www.spring96.org

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