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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

of February 14, 2023 No. 250-Z

About bases of civil society

Accepted by the House of Representatives on January 25, 2023

Approved by Council of the Republic on January 30, 2023

This Law determines concept of civil society of the Republic of Belarus, establishes legal and organizational basis of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society for the purpose of ensuring consolidation of efforts of the personality, society and the state on realization of national interests of the Republic of Belarus.

Article 1. The main terms applied in this Law and their determinations

For the purposes of this Law the following main terms and their determinations are applied:

civil society - the citizens of the Republic of Belarus, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship who are constantly living in the Republic of Belarus (further - citizens), expressing the civic stand by means of participation in the public relations and institutes which are not forbidden by the legislation;

subjects of civil society - consolidation of citizens or legal entities on the basis of membership regardless of quantitative, territorial or other qualification which authorized activities are directed to the solution of the main objectives of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society specified in article 4 of this Law.

Article 2. Legal regulation of the relations in the sphere of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society

The relations in the sphere of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society are regulated by the legislation on civil society.

The legislation on civil society is based on the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and consists of this Law and other acts of the legislation.

Subjects of civil society perform the activities according to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, this Law, other acts of the legislation and based on the charters.

Provisions of this Law do not limit the rights of subjects of civil society provided by other legal acts.

Article 3. Principles of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society

Interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society is based on the principles:

legality;

publicity;

voluntariness;

respect for balance of interests of the personality, society and state;

equal rights of citizens and prohibition of discrimination;

the cross liability for goal achievement of social progress.

Article 4. Main objectives of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society

The main objectives of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society are:

ensuring civil (national) unity;

ensuring independence, state sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Belarus;

assistance to further development of the Republic of Belarus as democratic social constitutional state;

increase in involvement of civil society into administration of the state, realization of state policy taking into account priority of national interests;

the organization of constructive interaction of state bodies (organizations) and the civil society directed to building confidence in institutes of the government;

accounting of public opinion and legitimate interests of citizens when implementing state policy, achievement of public consensus on key questions of development of the Republic of Belarus;

increase in civil consciousness, political culture and social responsibility of citizens;

participation in the spiritual and moral and patriotic education of citizens based on cultural and spiritual traditions, preserving the historical truth and memory of the Belarusian people;

strengthening of single community "the Belarusian people", education of respect for all nationalities, religions and cultures.

Activities of subjects of civil society cannot be directed to implementation of propaganda for war or extremist activities.

Article 5. Assistance of the state to development of civil society and subjects of civil society

For the purpose of development of civil society and subjects of civil society state:

promotes realization of the main objectives of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society;

provides effective functioning of institutes of the government for the benefit of civil society;

promotes effective interaction of state bodies (organizations) and subjects of civil society in the forms established by this Law and other legal acts;

promotes achievement of balance of state interests and interests of civil society;

guarantees protection of the rights and legitimate interests of subjects of civil society;

enhances mechanisms of protection of constitutional rights and freedoms, legitimate interests of the personality, society and state;

promotes development of civil society, including by rendering the state support to subjects of civil society;

provides development of other directions of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and civil society.

The state gives the support to subjects of civil society representing set of the measures directed to assistance to development of civil society, creation and providing conditions, guarantees and incentives of activities of such subjects, protection of their rights and legitimate interests.

Subjects of civil society can receive in ownership and (or) use for implementation of the authorized the property which is in state-owned property according to the legislation concerning lease and free use by property is more whole.

Article 6. General forms of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and subjects of civil society

Interaction of state bodies (organizations) and subjects of civil society is performed according to legal acts in the following forms:

participation of subjects of civil society in work of joint formations of state bodies, the public advisory boards, meetings of local executive and administrative organs by their invitation;

rendering by state bodies (organizations) assistance in implementation of activities of subjects of civil society;

participation of subjects of civil society in forming and realization of state policy;

introduction by subjects of civil society to rule-making bodies of offers on enhancement of acts of the legislation;

participation of subjects of civil society in preparation and public discussion of projects of regulatory legal acts;

implementation of public control;

forming and implementation of the state social order;

other forms.

Article 7. Special forms of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and subjects of civil society

Special forms of interaction of state bodies (organizations) and subjects of civil society are:

election of delegates of Vsebelorussky people's assembly in the procedure provided by the law;

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