Belarusian Supreme Court Denies Registration to Human Rights Group
Monday, October 29, 2007 4:11 PM

Belarus's Supreme Court upheld on October 26 the denial of the registration of the Vyasna (Spring) human rights group, which is a successor of the prominent human rights organization Vyasna closed by the authorities in October 2003, Belapan reported. The Justice Ministry refused in August to register the group, claiming that its charter does not meet the requirements specified in a law on nongovernmental organizations. "It is absolutely clear that this decision is political. All of the flaws that led to the registration denial could be eliminated within a day," Vyasna founder Ales Byalyatski said. Group leaders intend to complain about the registration denial and the Supreme Court's ruling to the UN Human Rights Committee.

Published in: Belarusian Supreme Court Denies Registration to Human Rights Group, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 29 October 2007.

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