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Party of Communists of Belarus Sues Justice Ministry

2005 2005-04-06T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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On 5 April the Supreme Court started the trial on the suit of The Party of Communists of Belarus to the Ministry of Justice. The party complained against the letter of the Ministry of Justice that ordered the party to transfer its structures to non-tenantable buildings by 1 February 2005. According to the PCB secretary Siarhei Vazniak, the trial will continue on 7 April.

The Ministry of Justice issued warnings to many political parties, referring to the Housing Code, enforced in 1999. Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada and Belarusian People’s Front have sued to the court as well.

On 5 April the Supreme Court listened to the arguments of the authorities of the Party of Communists of Belarus and left the court hall for a council. Siarhei Kaliakin, first secretary of PCB, is sure that the warning is groundless:
-- The ministry had no grounds to state such claims to the party. Moreover, the law on political doesn’t contain such norms as “juridical address of party structure” and since 1999 our organizations have been registered by the Ministry of Justice without any problems.

The leader of Belarusian communists is deeply convinced that the law is on the side of the parties. “If the Supreme Court is governed by the law, PCB wins the trial, otherwise any result is possible”, -- he said.

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