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"Human Rights Center "Lambda" got another registration denial

2013 2013-02-14T18:07:53+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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The "Human Rights Center "Lambda" (the name under which the human rights project "GayBelarus" is trying to legalize its activities) was denied the state registration by a letter of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus dated 8 February 2013. The document was signed by the head of the board of non-profit organizations, Alena Kirychenka.

The official reason for the registration denial is that the organization charter of "Liambda" allegedly doesn't contains any provisions which would witness that the activities of the NGO would be aimed at the provision of the socialization and all-sided development of youth. According to the denial, this violation is "incorrigible".

The stated aim of the Human Rights Center "Lambda" was rendering legal aid to homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals in defending their rights and legal interests.

It's worth noting that 67 out of the 71 founders of "Lambda", living in 12 cities of Belarus, have been summonsed to the board on drug control and counteraction to human traffic. Those who refused to come were visited by the police at home and at work. "Prophylactic letters" were also sent to their places of work.

The police also repeatedly raided the clubs in Minsk and Vitsebsk that serve as the places of gathering of representatives of sexual minorities. All in all, at least 8 such raids were registered during the last month.

This is already the second registration denial received by the LGBT organization. The previous one was given to it in December 2011 for allegedly incorrect spelling of surnames and mistakes in the home addresses of the founders.

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