2011 24/01
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On 24.01.2011 at 5 p.m. Zhodzina human right activist Aliaksiey Lapitsky got a phone call from DIA of Minsk executive committee. He was invited to the meeting to receive explanations on the appeal filed by Aliaksiey on 27.12.2010.

Let’s remind that the appeal was filed by the human right activists Aliaksiey and Sviatlana Lapitskaya on the facts of lawless actions of militia officers from Zhodzina TDIA during keeping in custody at Zhodzina detention centre of Prison #8 a great amount of people convicted an administrative arrest after the events of 19.12.2010 in Minsk. The appeal concerned the conditions of custody and lawless actions of militia officers and absence of reaction from the local TDIA to appeals.

Aliaksiey Lapitsky refused to meet representatives of Minsk executive committee DIA and stated that the applicants hoped for the operative timely reaction and urgent improvement of the situation connected with mass violation of rights of the imprisoned in Zhodzina. It must have been done before when it was so topically. The violations must have been stopped and the conditions of custody must have been improved for people who were convicted for no reason and suffered unfair punishment just for realization of their right for peaceful protest picketing against election fraud of 19.12.2010. And violations of simple rights of Zhodzina citizens to freely appeal to Zhodzina TDIA and correspondent state law enforcement institutions must have also been stopped.

The conversation lasted approximately 20 minutes and Aliaksiey Lapitsky again has confirmed the facts developed in the appeal. In an easy-to-understand manner and with vivid examples of the recent custody conditions in Zhodzina DIA Aliaksiey again explained his position from the point of binding requirements of Constitution and international law standards.

The representative of MIA Uladzimier Shliakhtsionak who prepares the answer to the appeal agreed to take into account this telephone conversation and the facts mentioned for the future proper investigation. Militia officer also stated that he himself has been in Zhodzina and participated in the arrests of citizens. At the same time he explained that the circumstances of custody conditions have depended on certain orders and instructions and also regulations of the present legislation. With that Shliakhtsionak promised to investigate the case objectively and to send the applicants a written answer about the results of the investigation in time.

But it’s not quite clear how can an authority person who personally participated in the process and was in fact an interested party in the case evaluate objectively and from the point of law standards actions of militia officers during the arrests in Zhodzina.

Together with everything mentioned above it should be also noted that answers for the appeals of human right activists of 23-24.12.2010 to the head of Zhodzina TDIA A.Chynkin and town Prosecutor U.Nieboska have been already received. They say that there had been no violations during the administrative arrests in Zhodzina because “there were no complaints about militia officers’ actions from those who have been in custody in Zhodzina detention centre and from other citizens” (A.Chynkin, answer of 15.01.2011 in Russian), and “there were no facts of law violation detected” during Prosecutor’s oversight (U.Nieboska, answer of 04.01.2011 in Belarusian and Russian).

Ales Volny,
Belarusian Legal Portal,

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