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Belarus parliament adopts draft laws on alternative service in the second reading

On May 13, Belarusian MPs passed in the second reading a package of draft laws on alternative service in the Armed Forces. The day before, some adjustments were made to them. 

For example, by analogy with conscripts, those falling under the alternative service law will be entitled to receive free medications if necessary. They will also have the right to remain on the waiting list of those in need of better housing conditions throughout the service and one year afterwards.

Belarus plans to introduce alternative service for those who cannot serve in the armed forces on religious grounds. In each case, this issue will be solved by army conscription commissions. 

Vladimir Vasilenko, chairman of the Standing Committee of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on labor and social issues:
Maybe it is a bit too early to talk about the number of people falling under the law but I think there will be no more than 100 people a year. And if we talk about the effectiveness of the law, I will say only one thing: Germany passed a similar law in the 1960s and it is constantly being improved. We must understand that this law is new for our country and, of course, we will be monitoring and reviewing it. And if need be, we will make changes and amendments to the law. 

Belarus parliament adopts draft laws on alternative service in the second reading