Vitsebsk dwellers demand publicity in "budget issue"

2013 2013-03-15T16:02:56+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Aliaksandr Mikulin, an activist of 'Tell the Truth", and Anatol Hneuka, the head of Vitsebsk regional branch of the National organization of victims of accident at Chernobyl NPP, veteran of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) filed a letter to Vitsebsk City Council and Vitsebsk City Executive Committee, asking to publish information about the city budget for 2013 and distribution of the budget means at the website of the executive committee.

The activists write that they want to realize their civil rights including the right to receive objective information and are dissatisfied with the fact that it is unclear from the publication of the ruling concerning the city budget in the "Vitsbichy" newspaper for what the major part of the financial means would be spent. They also remind that Vitsebskers pay taxes to the budget but nobody asks their opinion concerning their expenditure.

"We need to know precisely for what these means will be spent, for which socially important programs. We, residents of Vitsebsk, implement our duties to the full extent. We hope that the city authorities will do the same and will provide us with an opportunity to familiarize with the ruling of Vitsebsk City Council for 2013 free of charge," reads the letter.