2012 05/09
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalenka from Homiel strategic lawsuit centre has achieved another victory in protecting rights of the Belarusians. The UN Committee on Human Rights considered the appeal about confiscation of computers from association “Civil Initiatives” at the presidential elections of 2001. According to this decree, the Belarussian State shall return the equipment and compensate the public association court costs.

The human rights activist is not counting on the fact that the state will recognize its mistakes, but he calls the decision of the international structure a moral victory.

Leanid Sudalenka:

- In 2001 Viktar Karneyenka with the association “Civil Initiatives” organized a campaign of election observation. And then the KGB opened a criminal investigation for some offensive graffiti on the fence. Somehow, this criminal case led investigators to the office of “Civil Initiatives”.

Since computers have been transferred by foreign funds, the KGB classified them as foreign aid. By Presidential Decree № 8 the computers were confiscated and a great fine of $ 600 was appointed. And later the public association was closed down through the courts.

The human rights activist from Homiel is convinced that the issue of human rights has a direct impact on the investment attractiveness of Belarus. “None of the potential investor would want to invest in the uncivilized country,” – says Leanid Sudalenka.

Why should we protect our rights in international bodies? Where can the Belarusians apply, if a remedy within the country is exhausted? What does Homiel “Center for Strategic lawsiut” do? Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka answeres these and other questions to the reporter Mikola Bianko.

Listen to the full version of the conversation HERE

One thought on “Moral victory of Homiel human rights defender”

  1. Eriko says:

    It’s good to get a fresh way of looking at it.

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