Belarusian senators pass repressive legislation

Council of the Republic on April 21. Photo: BelTA

At a recent meeting of the fifth session of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, several repressive bills were approved at once, BelTA informs.

The senators adopted a document to amend the laws on combating extremism. As noted by Prosecutor General Andrei Shved, the bill provides for “preventive, preventive and punitive measures”.

The senators also approved a bill to prevent the rehabilitation of Nazism. According to Shved, “the sacred duty, associated with ensuring public safety and stability in our society, is to root out any attempts to manifest Nazism, not to mention the rehabilitation of Nazi criminals.

The senators also passed the bill “On Amendments to the Law of Belarus “On mass events in Belarus”. In particular, it abolishes the principle of notification, while the authorization principle is obligatory. However, it used to be necessary to obtain permission from the authorities and pay for the services of the police, ambulance, and utility companies to hold public events.

In addition, they approved the bill to change the laws regarding the media. The amendments are aimed at “eliminating the gaps or bottlenecks in the law,” which “have been used by our unscrupulous colleagues,” Information Minister Uladzimir Pyartsou said.

The senators also approved the bill “On Amendments to the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On State Protection of Judges, Law Enforcement and Supervisory (Supervisory) Bodies, Government Security Bodies”.

The document introduces the concept of “other protected persons. According to Minister of Internal Affairs Ivan Kubrakou, now any citizen, facing threats, may apply to the internal affairs bodies, which determine the degree of threat and protection.

“Some people just need to change their place of work or residence, while others need to change their appearance,” said the head of the Interior Ministry.