Lukashenka issued a new decree on foreign donations ban

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 17 August a new version of the presidential decree on "International Technical Assiatnce" was issued, which bans receipt and use of international technical assistance for "anti-constitutional purposes", reports Radio Liberty. International technical aid with a view to "seizing or overthrowing the state power, interfering into the internal affairs of Belarus, whipping up social, national and religious hostility" is banned. Also, aid can not be used for preparation and conduct of elections, referenda, mass actions, or production of agitation materials.
The press service of Lukashenka informed that the decree also views as international technical assistance organization and conduct of seminars, conferences and other public events.
The organizers of such events that receive international technical aid should submit information about these events to the international technical cooperation committee.
Representatives of the Belarusian third sector think that the new decree will influence the situation neither positively nor negatively: receiving funds from international donors will be just as complicated.
International technical assistance is the money, delivery of equipment and other property for certain projects, and also conferences or seminars. The aid can be received by the governmental agencies of the Republic of Belarus, legal entities and citizens of the country.