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Karpovich: Belarus is not the only country to amend its Constitution

MINSK ( BelTA) – The Constitution draft has incorporated the topics that concern the society, Deputy Chair of the Constitutional Court, Doctor of Law Natalya Karpovich said at the meeting of BelTA's Expert Community project dedicated to the ongoing referendum.

“The Constitution draft submitted to the nationwide referendum was co-created by the public (who contributed their views) and government agencies. The document responds to social and political issues and takes on board societal demands. The Constitution draft reflects the most pressing issues,” Natalya Karpovich said.

According to her, Belarus is not the only country to amend its Constitution. “Our Constitution has been in force for about 30 years. Every year, even every day brings new developments we should respond to. The amendments to the Constitution are a response to external challenges, to the needs of the Belarusian society,” she said.

Natalya Karpovich focused on the main points of the Constitution draft. “What groups of issues are addressed by the constitutional amendments? Of course, this is the formalization of social rights and freedoms of citizens. Our citizens are active participants in the constitutional process. They actively submitted their proposals regarding the protection of their rights, including social and cultural ones. That is, the right to education, work, recognition of the contribution of each citizen to the creation of public goods. They also wanted more guarantees for their exercise of political rights and the improvement of the voting process. These issues were scrutinized by the Constitutional Commission. Constitutional amendments are based on the public request,” she stressed.

At subsequent stages of the public discussion of the amendments, citizens paid more attention to protecting the sovereignty and independence of Belarus. “This suggests that we have realized the need to enshrine our basic values in the Constitution. I mean those unique features of our history that should be formalized today and provide guidance for our society and the state,” the vice-chair of the Constitutional Court added.