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OSCE Belgrade resolution on Belarus is controversial, Guminsky says

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – On the first day of the Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that is taking place in Vienna on 23-24 February, Belarusian MPs were actively involved in the work of three committees of the assembly and their joint session, BelTA learnt from the press service of the House of Representatives.

Head of the parliamentary delegation of the National Assembly of Belarus – Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky spoke at the panel discussion on judicial systems and prison reform. He stated that the real implementation of human rights is impossible without an independent judicial system underpinned by a strong legislation and also without other instruments, including the penitentiary system. Viktor Guminsky noted that Belarus is consistently improving its legislation taking into consideration the principles of international law.

Commenting on the report by one of the rapporteurs on Belarus, Viktor Guminsky reiterated that the resolution on Belarus passed by the OSCE PA in Belgrade in 2011 is not balanced, impartial and shows information gaps in a number of cases.

At a special discussion dedicated to the ongoing economic crisis in Europe, Chairperson of the Permanent Commission for International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic Nina Mazai made a report on financial markets.

The House of Representatives explained that the MPs will have a special debate on The Future of Conventional Arms Control in the OSCE Area on the second day.