2009 29/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

At the heart of our story there is an information event usual for today’s secure Belarus, namely, the prohibition of one of a dozen similar peaceful assemblies of citizens to hold a picket in HUMAN RIGHTS DAY … With the only difference that it happened … in the 60000th Zhodzina.

On 25 November human rights defenders from Zhodzina together with many people around the country filed the requests to the City Executive Committees to hold the pickets dedicated to 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

During the peaceful protest it was planned to distribute information materials and to start collecting signatures for the abolition of discriminatory decision No. 928 of Zhodzina Executive Committee, aimed at eliminating the last Belarusian-language educational place in Zhodzina, Gymnasium № 1, where Belarusian-speaking teenager, Janka Lapitsky was taught according to the relevant program. Zhodzina Executive Committee refused the picket on the grounds that applicants submitted incomplete documents to the Executive Committee.

Applicants Lapitskaya Sviatlana and Lapitsky Aliaxei consider this another prohibition of peaceful picketing as a violation of civil and political rights set forth in the Constitution and international agreements,* that are mandatory and should be executed unconditionally by all legal subjects. Therefore, on 28 December, 2009 Aliaxei Lapitsky appealed the decision of local authorities to Zhodzina Town Court.

To remind you, that informational pickets to Human Rights Day were banned throughout the country. People who observe authorities’ actions in respect of peaceful assemblies and demonstrations indicate that the authorities automatically and with no worries about the legitimacy, in fact, always prohibited, and continue to prohibit any peaceful assembly and public events that are initiated not by the Executive Committee.

Such authority, which supposedly was chosen by people and is actually a substitute for people, for every citizen, unlawfully redistributing its inalienable rights and freedoms between self-established “correct” quasi-judicial structures, took away from society the right to self-realization, the implementation of any initiative, based on this right.

Moreover, there is little hope at the same time that the so-called independent and fair Belarusian court is able to recreate somehow this right and to punish the “rank official” today. Judges have no right to judge on the law – they also have a centralized ideological order to be “correct.” And every one of them appointed by the vertical serves correct … but not to the law, and to boss, who is the “head” of the same “vertical”…

Indeed, it seems that a peace picket on Human Rights Day is quite unacceptable self-will which is regarded by the existing regime as a threat to peace and stability in its private kingdom … of “Distorting Mirrors”.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Optional Protocol. These documents set out the generally recognized norms and standards of law, civil rights and freedoms as well as the mechanisms for monitoring the enforcement of these rights by ICCPR Member States on their national territories. Moreover, every citizen gets status of international subject of law in the field of human rights and is entitled to address directly the UN Committee on Human Rights, which works specifically with such individual appeals and make decisions that are mandatory for countries that violate the ICCPR and that are sent to the Governments of these countries …

Prepared by Ales Volny,
Belarusian Legal Portal,

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