HRC “Viasna” will continue working despite being refused official registration in 2009

As was announced at the press conference, held on June 3, 2009, by one of the founders of the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” (name chosen for re-registration of HRC “Viasna”), Valentin Stefanovich, the work will continue despite being refused official registration.

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According to him, on May 25, the Ministry of Justice of Belarus has for the third time issued a ruling that the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” cannot be registered in accordance with current laws. «The qualms of the Ministry of Justice in allowing the association to register are not founded on laws of Belarus. For example, they maintain that the list of founding members of the association contain inaccuracies and insufficient information. However, the Ministry of Justice has refused to inform us of the exact infractions», said Stefanovich. One of the other complaints the Ministry of Justice has against the human rights association is that the second part of its name (Viasna) has nothing to do with the membership and activities of the association, and in essence coincides with the name of the social association “Viasna-96″, which was shut down in 2003. Moreover, the Ministry of Justice has filed complaints against the organizers of the association for what is being written about them on-line. «Based on the monitoring of several sites, the Ministry of Justice has decided that our goals and aims listed in our charter will not be carried out by the as yet unregistered social association», stated Valentin Stefanovich. He called the existing rules for registering social associations « absurd», and declared that “Nasha Viasna” will continue its work without being registered.

Source : naviny.by

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