2012 02/02

This publication is designed on the example of analysis of situations connected with criminal and administrative prosecution of persons who participated in the unsanctioned picketing on December 19, 2010 in Minsk, Belarus.

The material is given as an attachment to the report, prepared within the framework of Human Rights House Network “International Law in Human Rights Activity” with the participation of experts and graduates of the program “International Law in Human Rights and Advocacy” of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Program of the Human Rights House Network “International Law in Advocacy” is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and the Council of Ministers of Nordic countries of German Marshall Fund (USA). Human Rights House Foundation is represented by the Human Rights House Network, and has the right to intellectual property rights on this material.

Here is the material prepared as a result of collective work of:

– Belarusian lawyers who have been monitoring the cases related to the events of 19
December, 2010, worked on the national law of the Republic of Belarus, the application of international law at the national level, some aspects of international human rights law, and also made the final editing of the publication text;

– International experts –

Andrey Esin, who prepared a review of standards of the European Court on Human Rights on all aspects of the publication) and

Evgeny Goloshchapov, who prepared a review of standards of the UN Committee on Human Rights (CHR), and other norms of international human rights law on freedom of assembly, freedom from torture and prohibition of discrimination on specific criteria for acceptance of complaints to the HRC and filling in the complaint to the HRC);

– Number of human rights organizations.

Experts’ work includes materials from the open court sessions, the legal lawyers’ positions, as reflected in their oral arguments, legal interpretation of certain elements and characteristics that are directly related to the rights and freedoms, which implementation has been limited or disrupted in the prosecution of persons who participated in the unsanctioned meeting on December 19, 2010, both in the process of dispersal and detention of protesters, and in the course of the investigation and prosecution of administrative and criminal cases.

The purpose of this document is to provide expert support to lawyers and human rights defenders by developing and providing written recommendations and comments on legal skills and argumentation considering violations of human rights.

This publication contains a generalized analysis of the national legislation of the Republic of Belarus concerning the action of international law, a review of the international bodies’ practice, and can provide practical guidance in the preparation of appeals to the UN Committee on Human Rights.

ATTACHEMENT: Practical guide on preparation of appeals to UNO HRC “About the application of international human rights standards in the preparation of national and international security” (Rus.)

Prepared by Ales Volny,
Belarusian Legal Portal,

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