Brest: social activists asking MPs to initiate appeal to Constitutional Court about "decree on social dependency"

2015 2015-04-13T17:23:09+0300 2015-04-13T17:23:09+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Supporters of the civil initiative "Social Office" sent letters to the House of Representatives from Brest - Larysa Bahdanovich, Uladzimir Bazanau, Viktar Valishytski and Valiantsin Milasheuski.

The reason for the appeal is the presidential decree №3 "On prevention of social dependency". According to the activist "Social Office" Yury Zhydovich, "the deputies elected by the people, must take care to preserve the rule of law and the rights of their electors, whereas the decree does not comply with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, infringes on the rights of citizens, worsens their financial situation and is contrary to international instruments ratified by our country".

In particular, the authors of the letter point out that the decree №3 is contrary to Article 41 (Part 4) of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, which declares that "forced labor is prohibited, except for work or service determined by the verdict of the court or in accordance with the law of the state of emergency and martial law". In addition, the letter reminds that under the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus the head of the state "is not entitled to limit the constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens with his acts".

"We believe that the decree №3 should be given a legal assessment by the Constitutional Court and ask the House of Representatives to initiate the appropriate appeal," - said Yury Zhydovich.