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28 February 2024, 14:13

National security bill passes second reading in Belarus

MINSK, 28 February (BelTA) - The bill “On amendments to national security laws” has passed the second reading at the tenth session of the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation, BelTA has learned.

The bill was submitted to the House of Representatives by the Council of Ministers and passed the first reading on 1 November 2023. In pursuance of Paragraph 6 and Paragraph 9 of Article 6 of Law No. 130-Z “On regulatory legal acts” as of 17 July 2018, this bill was combined with the bill “On amendments to laws” while it was being prepared for the second reading at the House of Representatives. The latter bill regulates the stay of foreigners on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

The bill in question is aimed at comprehensively improving national security laws in order to increase the efficiency of responding to challenges and threats. The bill adjusts laws on defense and national security, on employment, on the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Republic of Belarus, on state social insurance, on administrative offenses, as well as procedural and executive legislation on administrative offenses.

The Standing Commission on National Security of the House of Representatives clarified that the bill provides for tougher punishment for administrative offenses related to registration with conscription districts, enlistment for military service and military registration, provision of additional guarantees and compensations in connection with  conscription or enrollment in military service. The bill also seeks to streamline the procedure for assessing the health status of a conscript, provides for the possibility of informing people about the need to show up at the military commissariat or a state security agency via text messages. It also lays out the legal basis for voluntary participation in defense activities in peacetime.

In addition to that, the bill updates the list of activities to prepare for and carry out mobilization. It defines competences and functions of the authority responsible for mobilizing the economic sector. It clarifies what groups of citizens are entitled to a deferment from conscription during mobilization. It authorizes military commissioners to limit travels outside the Republic of Belarus of citizens violating military registration rules and evading conscription. “The document expands the list of organizations that are obliged to inform the police about the place of residence of foreign nationals and stateless persons temporarily staying in the Republic of Belarus. It also introduces liability for failure to fulfill this obligation,” the Standing Commission on National Security added.
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