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15 December 2021, 12:40

Judge: EU sanctions affect rights and freedoms of citizens

MINSK, 15 December (BelTA) - The documents on sanctions adopted by the EU affect the rights and freedoms of citizens, Constitutional Court judge Alla Bodak told reporters after the Constitutional Court read its decision on the case "On compliance with the generally recognized principles and norms of international law of the documents adopted (issued) by the European Union and some foreign states and their bodies providing for restrictive measures against the Republic of Belarus", BelTA has learned.

"The Constitutional Court believes that the restrictive measures provided in the documents adopted by the European Union and some foreign states affect the rights and freedoms of citizens in a certain way," Alla Bodak said.

This pertains to social, economic, civil rights. “In particular, the right to property and freedom of movement, the right to engage in economic activity, the right to freedom of expression and self-fulfillment. In this context, in the operative part of its decision the Constitutional Court concluded that the documents introducing restrictive measures against the Republic of Belarus on the part of the European Union and some foreign states do not comply with the generally recognized principles of international law. In particular, the principle of sovereign equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of the state, the principle of cooperation between states in accordance with the charter, the principle of honest fulfillment of commitments, the principle of respect for the rights and freedoms of citizens provided for by the UN Charter, the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, the Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States. In addition, these documents run contrary to the generally recognized principles and norms of international law in the field of human rights, they contradict Chapters 6 and 7 of the UN Charter, which allow introducing preventive and coercive measures against states only by decision of the UN Security Council solely for the purpose of maintaining international peace and security,” the judge of the Constitutional Court added.

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