2012 04/05
Alaksiej Lapicki, Vilnia

Alaksiej Lapicki, in Vilnia

The article about the appeal of Homiel politician Vasil Paliakou to the UN Human Rights Committee on the fact of prohibition of the “National Assembly” and his subsequent administrative proceedings followed by his arrest and imprisonment still makes us ask a rhetorical question, with all our understanding of the situation in the country… That is, why don’t Belarusian authorities adopt the progressive experience of their colleagues from Vilnius))? As people say – “CHICKEN”?!

Indeed, our neighbors don’t have such problems. After all, the police in Lithuania, unlike in Belarus, in addition to police punitive functions have the main function – to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens which are recognized in the Constitution of the country and international treaties on human rights, such as the International Covenant on Civil and political Rights (ICCR). In Belarus the so-called law enforcement agencies are aimed not only at the real criminals and offenders, but at socially active people.

Belarus is also a participant of this international agreement. However, the authorities do not fulfill their obligations to citizens and treat the basic civil and political rights negatively, ignoring the fact that these rights are reflected in the given fundamental legal document, as well as in the Constitution of the country.

In contrast to the Belarusian officials, all responsible officials of Lithuania treat such documents as ICCR and the Constitution positively, consistently and seriously.

In particular, in Vilnius at the meeting of 03.29.2012 of the Head of Public Police on mass events and extreme situations, Saulius Kazlauskas with the representatives of Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania, the Head of Public Police directly referred to these legal documents as the essential ones in determining his direct professional obligations.

Of all the meetings that took place during the 25-30.03.2012g., And in particular the Attorney General’s Office, advakature, the Constitutional Court and Parliament … has become clear that the data incorporated in the basic instruments of law rules and standards are taken into account in the course of daily practice and directly impose on members of different branches of government, to every employee of the court, prosecutors and police (in particular) the corresponding responsibilities.
As Saulius Kazlauskas explained, this function creates favorable conditions to guarantee the realization of social and political rights and freedoms of citizens in Lithuania and is the first priority for each subject of rights and power in the state. Today it is the real guarantee of the practical implementation of these universally recognized norms of law and the relevant international standards of human rights.

Well, after all, why don’t Belarusian authorities adopt the progressive experience of their colleagues from Vilnius…?)) Don’t they really dare!?

Aliaksiey Lapіtsky,
human rights defender,
representative of HRC “Viasna”,

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