The International Labour Organization requires the government to guarantee freedom of association in Belarus

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Standards Committee and the standards of the International Labour Organization strongly demands the Government of Belarus to ensure the principle of freedom of association in law.

This is stated in the report of the committee, approved by the International Labour Conference in Geneva, BelaPAN.

The report also notes: "The Committee noted with regret that no substantial progress in relation to the previous recommendations of the ILO and the questions raised by experts in accordance with the convention number 98, the Government of Belarus was not."

Standards Committee and the ILO standards celebrates new violations of freedom of association in Belarus, including interference in the activities of trade unions, pressure and harassment. In particular, there were cases enterprises to enter into short-term contracts that force workers to resign from membership in the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions and organizations, which it is composed.

The ILO Committee once again reminds the Government of Belarus on the need to "prepare a legal framework for the registration of those organizations in which workers come on their own initiative", and provide the conditions necessary for their effective functioning.

In 2003, the Governing Body of the ILO launched an investigation into violations of trade union rights in Belarus in connection with the complaint of independent trade unions. The investigation of Belarus have made five times in a special paragraph of the ILO country where trade union rights are grossly violated.

This, in turn, was the reason for the exclusion of Belarus in June 2007, of the EU's Generalised System of Preferences. To return preferences Belarusian government must fulfill 12 of the ILO recommendations.

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