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Belarus

Constitution as adopted on 15 March 1994.

Article 17

    1. The official language of the Republic of Belarus shall be Belarusian.

    2. The Republic of Belarus shall safeguard the right to use the Russian language freely as a language of inter-ethnic communication.

Article 50
    3. Everyone shall have the right to use his native language and to choose the language of communication. In accordance with law, the state shall guarantee the freedom to choose the language of education and teaching.

Note: The complete text of the Constitution and further information on the constitutional background of Belarus are provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Bern.


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