INDEPENDENT SOCIETY FOR LEGAL RESEARCH APPEALS AGAINST TWO WARNINGS
On October 1 the Independent Society of Legal Research filed an appeal against two written warnings made by Minsk Justice Department.
On 29 August the Justice Department of Minsk city executive committee made the second warning during the last two months. The NGO was warned because its Council chair A. Tankachova and Council member V. Smalanka allegedly interfered into activities of the state body (the Justice Ministry), when it was checking Next Stop New Life NGO. They also allegedly represented this NGO before the Justice Ministry.
On 5 September 2003 the Justice Department made the third written warning to the NGO for “actions, connected with participation in activities of the unregistered organization Association of Non-Governmental Organization, which publishes the Assembly magazine”. The May-June issue of the Assembly magazine contained an article “Check-Ups at NGOs”, written by the Independent Society for Legal Research.
The NGO members consider the accusations false and absurd and ask the court to cancel the warnings.