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Annex to the Act No. 404/90 Coll.

The Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order shall be conferred by the President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic to honour persons who have made eminent contributions to the development of democracy and human rights.

Art. 1

The President of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic shall be entitled to wear the insignia of the First Class of the Order. After the President has left office, the insignia may be conferred upon him/her for life if Federal Assembly of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic decides so.

Art. 2

(1) The day of the Order shall be October 28, the date of origin of the independent common state of the Czechs and Slovaks.

(2) The Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order shall be conferred by the President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic exclusively on the day of the Order.

Art. 3

The Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order shall be conferred by the President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic to citizens for especially exceptional merits referred to above, namely, in the areas of the politics, state administration, development of national economy, science and technology, culture, art, school system, as well as a making the country significantly famous abroad.

Art. 4

(1) The Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order comes in five classes, First Class being the highest.

(2) After demise of the person who has been conferred upon the Order the numbered insignia shall be returned to the Office of the President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic.

Art. 5

(1) The badge of the Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order is a blue enamelled star-shaped ornament. A medallion placed at the centre of the badge bears a plastic portrait of President T.G. Masaryk. A medallion placed centrally on the reverse of the badge bears the Greater Coat of Arms of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic encircled by a white ring with the inscription "VERNI ZUSTANEME" ("We Shall Remain Faithful"), the motto of the Order, and a linden leaf. The upper arm of the badge is attached to a suspension which takes the form of an elliptical linden wreath. The portrait, the coat of arms, the suspension, the inscription and the frame of the badge are made of yellow metal.

(2) The insignia of the First Class of the Order consists of the badge of the Order on a ribbon sash to be worn across the breast, extended from the right shoulder to the left hip, and a star to be worn on the left side of the breast. The diameter of the badge is 68 mm; the linden wreath which forms the suspension is 35x25 mm in size. The ribbon sash is 100 mm wide, red-white-blue-white-red, the widths of the stripes being 5:40:10:40:5 mm. The star, made up of silver rays, is eight-pointed, 90 mm in diameter; a medallion placed at its centre bears a portrait of T.G. Masaryk encircled by a white ring with the inscription "VERNI ZUSTANEME" ("We Shall Remain Faithful") and a linden leaf. The frame of the ring, the portrait, the inscription and the linden leaf are made of yellow metal. The central piece on the reverse of the star bears the Greater Coat of Arms of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic.

(3) The insignia of the Second Class of the Order consists of the badge of the Order on a neck ribbon and a smaller star to be worn on the right side of the breast. The diameter of the badge is 62 mm; the suspension is 30x20 mm in size and comes with a perpendicular blue enamelled suspension loop, which is 30x4 mm in size. The neck ribbon is 45 mm wide, red-white-blue-white-red, the widths of the stripes being 2:18:5:18:2 mm. The star, made up of silver rays, is four-pointed, 70 mm in diameter; a medallion placed at its centre bears a portrait of T.G. Masaryk encircled by a white ring with the inscription "VERNI ZUSTANEME" ("We Shall Remain Faithful") and a linden leaf. The frame of the ring, the portrait, the inscription and the linden leaf are made of yellow metal. The central piece on the reverse of the star bears the Greater Coat of Arms of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic.

(4) The insignia of the Third Class of the Order is the same as that of the Second Class, except that it does not include the star.

(5) The insignia of the Fourth Class of the Order consists of the badge of the Order, 45 mm in diameter, with the suspension, which is 20x15 mm in size. The badge is suspended from a breast ribbon, threaded through, 38 mm wide, with a rosette whose diameter is 30 mm; the ribbon is red-white-blue-white-red, the widths of the stripes being 2:15:4:15:2 mm.

(6) The insignia of the Fifth Class of the Order is the same as that of the Fourth Class; except for there no rosette comes with the breast ribbon.

(7) On such occasions when the insignia of the Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order is not to be worn "in natura" substitute ribbons, 38x10 mm in size, replace it when the holder appears in uniform. The ribbons come with different embellishments as follows:
First Class: an eight-pointed star;
Second Class: a four-pointed star;
Third Class: a star-shaped ornament;
Fourth Class: a rosette;
Fifth Class: no additional embellishment.

(8) When the holder appears in civilian attire rosettes are worn in the buttonhole of the left lapel, coming with different beds of thread as follows:
First Class: gold thread, wide bed;
Second Class: gold thread, narrow bed;
Third Class: silver thread, wide bed;
Fourth Class: silver thread, narrow bed;
Fifth Class: no bed of thread.
The diameter of the rosettes is 20 mm.

(9) The registration numbers are inscribed on the suspension attached to the badge of the Order and on the upper edge of the central piece on the reverse of the star.

Art. 7

On ceremonial occasions the insignia of the Order shall be worn "in natura"; the holder shall wear only the insignia of the highest class bestowed upon him/her. On other than ceremonial occasions, the holder shall wear the rosette of the respective class on the lapel. Neither the Order "in natura", nor the rosette may be worn on a coat or a sports suit.

Art. 8

The Order insignia and the substitute ribbons are to be worn on the left side of the breast.

Art. 9

The affairs relating to the Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Order are administered by the Office of the President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic.