Head of Supreme Court Refuses to Protest against Non-Registration of “Civil Alternative”

2004 2004-08-26T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


Head of the Supreme Court of Belarus refused to issue protest against the non-registration of the public association “Civil Alternative”, established by members of the liquidated “Civil Initiatives”.

During the sittings on the case of this organization it was found that the statutes of some registered public associations, including the pro-governmental Belarusian Republican Youth Union, could contain violations of the acting legislation.

According to the head of “Civil Alternative” Uladzimir Katsora, the organization was established by 209 citizens of Homel region who were members of the association “Civil Initiatives” that was liquidated in 2003. Bearing in mind that the process of registration could be quite complicated, the founders of the organization composed the organization statute following the example of the statute of Belarusian Republican Youth Union. However, the justice board of Homel Regional Executive Committee stated that 7 paragraphs of the statute violated the legislation and refused to register the organization. Appellations to the original BRYU statute were fruitless.

However, the situation became a bit clearer with the answer of the prosecutor of General Prosecutor’s Office Ivan Branchel, who stated that statutes of registered associations could contain violations of the acting legislation.

According to Uladzimir Katsora, members of the organization intend to complain to the UNO against such outrageous violation of the right of association from the side of the authorities.

Volha Astrowskaya