MIL OSI – Source: United Civil Party Belarus – in English –
Headline: Statement of the UCP Political Council
Political Council of the United Civil Party (UCP) notes a significant deterioration in the human rights situation in Belarus.
Taking into account that citizens of the Republic of Belarus shall be guaranteed the right to receive, store and disseminate complete, reliable and timely information on the activities of state bodies and public associations, on political, economic, cultural and international life, and on the state of the environment (Article 34 of the Constitution);
Noting that the Law of the Republic of Belarus On Political Parties says that “from the moment of registration the political parties are entitled to freely spread the information on their activities, advocate their ideas, aims and decisions (Article 21 of the Law);
Bearing in mind that “the Constitution shall have the highest legal force. Laws, decrees, edicts and other acts of state bodies shall be issued on the basis of and in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. If there is inconsistency between a law, decree or edict and the Constitution, the Constitution shall be applied” (Article 137 of the Constitution);
Noting that the courts of the Sovetskiy and Zavodskoy districts of Minsk delivered illegal, anti-constitutional decisions against the leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Liabedzka, as well as activists Olga Mayorova and Denis Krasochka for the distribution of informational materials (in fact this is a ban on the distribution of printed materials with criticism of the current government).
The political council of the United Civil Party,
Declares, that these “court decisions” violate the current Constitution, laws, and international obligations of the Republic of Belarus. And significantly impair the opportunity of democratic forces to communicate with the citizens and the voters of the Republic of Belarus. In fact, we are speaking about new sanctions against Belarusian citizens. This is an attempt to retain power;
Believes, that the statements of the Belarusian authorities aimed to improve the political climate in the run-up to the parliamentary campaign are cynical, hypocritical and deceitful;
Urges the international community to respond adequately and objectively to the actions of the government, which not only preserve the current situation, but also significantly aggravate the situation of the democratic opposition.