2010 23/04
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

On 20.04.2010 Aliaksiey Lapitsky received the decision of the Minsk regional court. On 18.03.2010 Cassational instance adjudicated the applicant from Zhodzina in his application in which the decision of court was disputed. The court didn’t find any violations of rights in actions of authorities of local executive committee who prohibited peaceful manifestation devoted to Human Rights day – 10.12.2009.

Local human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya who control regularity of violations of rights for peaceful meetings and freedom of speech and for uncrossed information dissemination in Zhodzina district, state that these violations have discriminative character. During the court proceedings they have managed to get interesting facts and got to know the approaches and interpretations of the present legislation of the question mentioned above. They hope that in any case (even in the system of defense of civil and political rights in our country doesn’t work through courts) the process of fighting for their rights was very helpful.

Even in the conditions of total control and obedience of juridical system of Belarus to a present power vertical, the Belarusians have their chance for assert their rights and freedoms, to influence the progress of this field through claims to international human rights institutions, to which Belarus is under certain obligations.

But as Aliaksiey Lapitsky notes, to improve the situation, we must change the way how Belarusian authorities treat the values of civil and political rights and such influential institutions in the field of human rights as Human Rights Council of United Nations Organization (HRC of UNO). Because today Belarusian authorities openly ignore both value of the mentioned rights and the today’s only available expert mechanism of defense of rights violated in the country. It creates obstacles in realization of mandatory provisions of International Covenant on civil and political rights (ICCPR) and Optional Protocol to this covenant. Present situation doesn’t assist implementation of the acknowledged international norms of rights to the national legislation and juridical practice on the territory of our country.

Belarusian nation or “people” who are so beloved by “TV bubblers” will only lose out in this situation. Because, in fact, it is lawlessly and groundlessly deprived of their own values which is usually used by people, for example in multinational European Union.

But we are also Europeans! Who can argue with it?! We are in the very centre of Europe! Why should we be worse than others!?

Curiously enough, but our, if to say more soft, “the most right”, “the most beloved” and “precious” Belarusian government helps us forward not to feel like free and noble Europeans, equal to Europe and the whole world.

Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Sviatlana Lapitskaya, Zhodzina

Everyone understands that Belarus must carry out treaty obligations and expert conclusions of HRC of UN which are directed to the government to eliminate the situations of violation of acknowledged law standards – rights and freedoms of Belarusian citizenry on the territory of Belarus.

Understanding of meaning of civil right in the country where “the most right” law is written for people (and it appears that there is no one to execute it in practice) is so far in future…

And so far everything is “ideal” and “forecasted vertical” as on a rocket take-off ground (in Baykanur).

But we are not going to Mars! We can live here and now according to rights, prosperously and worthy as Europeans. And not in Baykanur or mars, but here – in Belarus.


1) decision of the judicial assembly of Minsk regional court from 18.03.2010 on Cassational appeal of A.Lapitsky (Zhodzina) from 01.02.2010

2) Cassational appeal on the decision of Zhodzina court from 11.02.2010 (BLR)

Ales Volny,

Belarusian Human Rights Portal


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