2013 16/08

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a human rights activist Vitaly Lapasau from Hrodna, who was punished by the authorities with a large administrative penalty for his participation in an unauthorized mass event on last year’s October 27 in the village Yakushouka, Svislach region, which was dedicated to perpetuate the memory of the 1863 uprising participants.

Let’s remind you that on October 27, 2012 a group of citizens among which was Vitaly Lapasau came to Svislach to pay tribute to Viktar Kalinousky in honor of the 150th anniversary of his death. After that the group went to the village Yakushouka, where there was a family homestead of the Kalinovsky’s. Vitaly Lapasau was holding a white-red-white flag, which by the order of the Hrodna oblast Svisloch district court judge Aliaksandr Shilin was exempted to the state without compensation, and the activist himself was fined a penalty in the amount of approximately U.S. $ 350.

– I went through all the authorities in Belarus and found no explanation as to why I was not allowed to pay tribute to the national hero of Belarus, so I decided to continue to apply to the Human Rights Committee of the UN – said the activist.

The application was submitted in December 2012, now the UN Human Rights Committee has registered it under numbers 2269/2013.

It is worth noting that the other participants of a peaceful assembly – Anatoly Valiuk and Viktar Dzesiatsik were punished by the administrative penalties for taking part in an unauthorized mass event in the village Yakushovka, Svisloch region on last year’s October 27. They also filed individual complaints to the Committee. Human rights activist Aleh Kalinkou from Hrodna helped the activists to prepare the complaints to the international court and methodological support was provided by Homel Center of Strategic Litigation.

Quoting gomelspring.org,
Prepared by Ales LETA,

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