2013 23/08

Piatro Ivanou

Vitsebsk citizen Piatro Ivanou sent a complaint against the officcials of the government of the Republic of Belarus to Mrs. Margaret Sekagya, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

He asks to recognize that the officials acted against his human rights in unacceptable manner that is contrary to the spirit and essence of the “Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals , Groups and Organs of Society to promote and protect universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

The declaration referred to in the complaint was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 9, 1998. He also requested the Special Rapporteur to offer the Republic of Belarus to eliminate the violations and to prevent them in the future.

In his appeal to the UN representative, Piatro Ivanou reminded the chronology of events. In March he addressed a letter to Chief of MIA Department of Vitsebsk Regional Executive Committee Ihar Euseyeu about violation of the driving regulations by the traffic police. When the traffic police was detaining social activists Aliaksiey Kishchuk and Stas Laurenau who were holding a public event they drove onto the sidewalk. Ivanou was witness of the event.

The application was examined by Lieutenant Colonel Aliaksandr Stsiapanau . The results of the proceedings were as follows: instead of punishing police officers the applicant himself was punished – he allegedly slandered these police officers. Lieutenant Colonel Stsiapanau drew up a protocol on administrative violation, and the court judge of Pershamayski district of Vitsebsk Valiantsina Kismiaroshkina punished Ivanou by a fine of 4 million rubles.

Later the judge of Vitsebsk regional court Sviatlana Ivanova, who considered the appeal on the case, received strong evidence that the judge Kismiaroshkina has grossly violated Procedural Executive Code in delivering judgment against Ivanou. During the trial she was given an audio recording, which proved that the judge Kismiaroshkina has falsified the decision: in the courtroom she read aloud one version of the decision, but the human rights activist received another one. It would make sense if the case would be returned for a new trial, but the judge Ivanova stated that the trial court did everything right.

Moreover, after the trials mentioned above a criminal case against Piatro Ivanou was opened. Chairman of Pershamaisky district court of Vitebsk A. Andrushenka appealed to the Investigation Committee. During the court proceedings Ivanou allegedly insulted the police, for which he now faces imprisonment for up to 3 years.

But this was not enough. Recently, Deputy Attorney Georgy Karanko issued Ivanou an official warning about the inadmissibility of violating the law. Piatro Ivanou is a citizen of Russia and has a certificate of residence in Belarus. So, he was warned that in case of further violations of criminal or administrative law permission to reside permanently in the Republic of Belarus can be canceled. In this case, in a month term he would be required to leave the territory of Belarus and would no longer be able to freely enter the country where he was born and grew up, and the relationship with the family that lives in Belarus would be broken.

“As long as I did not put on the duties of a human rights activist, there was no claim from the Belarusian State for me as a foreign citizen. But as soon as I started to actively protect the rights and legitimate interests of citizens, I became a “violator” of Belarusian laws, ” – says Piatro Ivanou.

Quoting vitebskspring.org,
Prepared by Ales LETA,
Belarusian Legal Portal

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