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15 December 2021, 17:32

Constitutional Court's ruling on sanctions against Belarus viewed as wakeup call for UN

Sergei Sivets
Sergei Sivets

MINSK, 15 December (BelTA) – The Constitutional Court's ruling on sanctions against Belarus is a legal signal for the United Nations Organization. Chairman of the Legislation and State Building Commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Sergei Sivets made the statement after Belarus' Constitutional Court pronounced its ruling on the case “On compliance with generally recognized principles and norms of international law of documents adopted (published) by the European Union and some foreign states and their government bodies on introducing restrictive measures against the Republic of Belarus”, BelTA has learned.

The senator said: “Unfortunately, as practice of the last few decades indicates, a number of countries pursue the policy of violating universally recognized principles and norms of international law somewhere by design, somewhere deliberately, and blatantly at times. These actions ultimately contradict the spirit and the content of universal international acts, result in the disruption of the architecture of peaceful coexistence of countries, de-consolidation of the world community and directly impinge upon fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in the end.”

In his words, today's ruling by the Constitutional Court will serve as kind of a legal signal, primarily for the United Nations Organization, a signal that calls for an effective and prompt response to such a rude violation of universal principles and norms of international law. “So that this organization would not ultimately become a legal and political decoration. Instead the United Nations Organization should use the broad set of tools it has in line with the UN Charter in order to promptly evaluate and stop such unlawful actions on the part of certain countries. In our case I am talking about the European Union and a number of foreign countries, which directly and blatantly violated the relevant articles of the UN Charter and a number of universal international legal agreements and treaties by introducing restrictive sanctions,” Sergei Sivets said.

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