New restrictions concerning recuperation of Belarusian children abroad

2008 2008-10-15T22:27:01+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Belarusian organizations would be able to send children only to those foreign states with which Belarus has international agreements foreseeing state guarantees of safe stay of Belarusian children during their recuperation trips in a certain country and their timely return back home, Alexander Lukashenka’s decree reads.

As BelTa was informed by the press-service of the president, on 13 October Alexander Lukashenka signed decree #555, by which he amended decree of 18 February 2004 #98 On organizing rest and recuperation of children abroad based on foreign grant aid.

Before such international agreements are concluded, children are to be sent in line with the previous procedure for recuperation only in special organized groups. Such groups are to be formed of children who cannot go for recuperation abroad in common organized groups, which is to be confirmed by medical documents.

Age limits are also set and the number of trips in one country is limited. Children up to 14 years can go abroad, and no more than 3 times in the same foreign state.

The exception is the foreign states with which Belarus concluded international treaties before 1 October 2008. It is expected that this procedure would allow more children go abroad for rest and recuperation.