Constitution of the Republic of Belarus
The Constitution of Belarus was adopted on 15 March 1994 by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus. It is the first Constitution in the history of sovereign Belarus and the fifth Constitution of Belarus in succession (after the October Revolution of 1917).
In 1996, a national referendum on the revised Constitution took place. In 2004, following the results of another national referendum, the Constitution was amended. The national referendum on amending and expanding the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus will take place on 27 February 2022.
The Constitution has 9 sections, 8 chapters and 148 articles. The Constitution of Belarus reflects democratic views on the structure of society and the state.
The most important constitutional norm is set forth in Article 2, which defines the hierarchy of values in the country. According to this Article, the human being, his/her rights, freedoms and their guaranteed implementation are the supreme value and goal of the society and the state.
The main principles that permeate the norms of the Constitution include:
- the rule of law;
- guarantees and respect for human and civil rights;
- democratic procedure of formation of public authorities.
The Constitution embodies the historical experience of the formation of the Belarusian statehood. It is based on the inalienable sovereign right of the Belarusian people to determine their own destiny and to be a full-fledged member of the global community.