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The Constitution of Belgium of February 17, 1994 [1]

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Art. 26

Belgians have the right to gather peaceably and without arms, in conformity with the laws that regulate the exercise of this right, without submitting it to prior authorisation.

This provision does not apply to open air meetings, which are entirely subject to police regulations.

Art. 27

Belgians have the right to enter into association; this right cannot be subjected to any preventative measures.

Art. 28

Everyone has the right to address petitions signed by one or more persons to the public authorities.

Only constituted bodies have the right to address petitions in a collective name.

Art. 29

The confidentiality of letters is inviolable.

The law determines which representatives are responsible for the violation of the confidentiality of letters entrusted to the postal service.

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Art. 181

§ 1. The State awards remuneration and pensions to religious leaders; those amounts required are included in the budget on an annual basis.

§ 2. The State awards remuneration and pensions to representatives of organisations recognised by the law as providing moral assistance according to a non-religious philosophical concept; those amounts required are included in the budget on an annual basis.

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[1] The following unofficial translation is partially based on a translation made by the Belgian Senate (version 21.1.1997) and edited by the owner of the web site http://home.tiscali.be/dirkvanheule/compcons/ConstitutionBelgium/ConstitutionBelgium.htm