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Law of the Republic of Belarus no. 282-W of July 3, 2011 (Russian) : on amendments into some laws of the Republic of Belarus on the issues pertaining to fulfilment by the Republic of Belarus of its international obligations in the field of international humanitarian law

On 3 July 2011, the Republic of Belarus adopted a law on the emblems of the Red Cross, by way of amendment of the Belarus Criminal Code and the Law of the Republic of Belarus on the Use and Protection of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems of 12 May 2000.

The said law, which was firstly adopted by the House of Representatives on 25 May 2011 and then approved by the Council of the Republic on 17 June 2011, inserts the wording ‘Red Crystal’ in different paragraphs of the Criminal Code and articles of the Law of 12 May 2000. Article 1 of the Law of 2000 will now read ‘Article 1. International Obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the Field of Use and Protection of the Emblems of the Red Cross, Red Crescent, and Red Crystal’. The Law also amends the Code of the Republic of Belarus on Administrative Violations of 21 April 2003. The wording ‘Red Crystal’ is inserted into the name and the first paragraph of Article 23.40.

Article 4 of the said law, grants a period of two months for the Council of Ministers of Belarus to execute the provisions of the law and Article 5 states that the law will come into force retroactively at the date where the Additional Protocol to the GC of 1949 and the third Protocol of 2005 came into force in Belarus.