Political Parties, Public Associations and Other Non-Profit Organizations

In accordance with the Regulation on the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated October 31, 2001 No. 1605, the Department of Non-Profit Organizations in accordance with the tasks assigned to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus performs the following functions:

  • state registration of political parties, republican trade unions, international and republican public associations, their unions (associations), republican state-public associations, republican and international founds, created in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organizational structures of international public associations, created in the territory of foreign states, permanent international arbitration (tribunal of arbitration) courts, permanent arbitration courts, established as non-profit organizations;
  • state registration of other non-profit organizations in cases provided for by legislative acts;
  • establishment the state registers of political parties, republican trade unions, international and republican public associations, their unions (associations), the register of judges and permanent arbitration courts;
  • state registration of anthems, badges, pennons, ties of political parties, republican trade unions, international and republican public associations, their unions (associations), republican state-public associations;
  • issue of certificates to the leaders of political parties, republican trade unions, international and republican public associations, their unions (associations), republican and international funds, created in the territory of the Republic of Belarus;
  • provision of information, contained in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs regarding legal entities registered by the Ministry of Justice;
  • provision of information, contained in the State Register of Public Associations, Unions (Associations) of Public Associations, the State Register of Political Parties, Unions (Associations) of Political Parties;
  • rendering methodological assistance to the employees of central departments of justice of the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, carrying out state registration of public associations, state registration, recording of organizational structures of political parties, trade unions and other public associations, as well as control of their work;
  • generalization of the practice of applying legislation on public associations in the Republic of Belarus, organization of seminars, meetings with employees of central departments of justice of the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, other government bodies and local executive and administrative bodies, with representatives of all types of public associations on issues of state registration and the activities of political parties, trade unions, other public associations, their unions (associations);
  • realization of control activities in cases, established by law.

For reference:

15 political parties and 1 192 party organizations, 25 trade unions (20 republican trade unions, 1 territorial trade union and 4 trade unions in organizations) and 26 125 trade union organizations, 2 995 public associations, among which 227 are international, 785 republican and 1 983 local are registered in the republic as of January 1, 2020. 43 545 organizational structures of public associations are registered and put on record. 40 unions (associations) of public associations, 217 founds, including 17 international, 8 republican and 192 local, 7 republican state-public associations are registered.

98 new public associations (17 republican and 81 local), 1 local union of public associations and 9 new founds (1 international and 8 local) were registered in the Republic of Belarus during 2019. 16 organizational structures of political parties, 806 organizational structures of public associations and 1 543 organizational structures of trade unions were registered and put on record.

In the Republic of Belarus public associations of various kinds are registered. Among them are: physical education and sport – 840; charity – 400; youth – 377, including children – 41; educational, cultural and leisure, upbringing – 256; public associations of citizens, self-described as ethnic minorities, – 110; public associations of invalids of war and labor, veterans – 94; scientific and technical – 87; public associations of supporters of environmental protection, protection of historical and cultural monuments – 88; creative – 51; female – 33 and others.

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