2008 04/11

Prastytucyja - naukolaAccording to BelaPAN, on November 4 Brest human rights activists addressed the president with a proposition to report out the bill on administrative prosecution for prostitution.

The amendment introduced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs was passed by the House of Representatives on October 20 and approved by the Council of the Republic on October 22. It is now awaiting approval by the president.

According to Raman Kisliak, human rights activists point to the fact that the decision was taken without regard for the current situation in Belarusian detention centers.

The notorious detention center in Akrestsin Street is the only similar institution with both males and females in personnel, the rest being purely meant for male convicts.

Under these circumstances, Belarusian human rights activists think that the majority of female convicts are exposed to sexual discrimination. The introduction of the new provision will result in a growing number of cases of sex discrimination in the country’s penal system, since the majority of persons engaged in prostitution are women.

In their address, the activists refer to the respective articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Paragraph 53 of The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. The letter was signed by Raman Kiskiak, Siarhei Vakulenka, Uladzimir Vialichkin, Valiantsin Larankou, Vital Symonik, Uladzimir Malei and Yury Zhydovich.

Source: www.naviny.by

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