Nasha Viasna to appeal decision by Ministry of Justice
On 16 January the co-founders of the Nasha Viasna human right association Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich and Uladzimir Labkovich have lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court of Belarus against the decision by the Ministry of Justice to deny registration to the NGO.
The complaint stresses that the decision was not legal; the arguments of the Ministry were discriminatory – they violate the rights and the legitimate interests of Nasha Viasna’s founders.
The human rights activists demand:
1) to reverse the decision by the Ministry of Justice of 25.05.2009 to deny state registration to the Nasha Viasna human rights public association;
2) to oblige the Ministry of Justice to grant state registration to the Nasha Viasna human rights public association;
3) in the course of preparations for the consideration on the merits to oblige the Ministry of Justice to provide an appeal against the complaint, where, through providing evidence on each of the arguments, to advance reasons for the decision to deny state registration, which is stated in the a letter by the Ministry of Justice of 25.05.2009 # 06-14\381.
On 25 May the Ministry of Justice resolved to deny state registration to the Nasha Viasna human rights association. It was the NGO’s third attempt to obtain the legal status. The previous decisions were supported by the Supreme Court.