2013 09/10

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

The picket ban on the “Against the Death Penalty” Day in Zhodzina was received by the applicants 2 days before the planned event. Only on 08.10.2013 the human rights defender Aliaksiey Lapitsky received a registered mail from Zhodzina Executive Committee through the Main Post Office.

It was reported that the authorities refuse to consider the application for picketing on 10.10.2013 at a special event place near the city park provided by the Executive Committee, despite the fact that the application was filed according to all the requirements of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Mass Events”.

Yury Shary

Thus, local authorities have actually banned picketing on the International Day “Against the Death Penalty”. And they did it, as stated in the official response signed by the deputy chairman of Zhodzina Executive Committee Yury Shary, without even considering the application on the merits because of the lack of attached agreements with the police, medical and community services.

But it’s not possible to get these agreements, which is proved by the documentary responses from these institutions on the preliminary order for their services at Zhodzina mass action, which at the moment are in the court of Zhodino along with the application of human rights defenders.

Public activist notes that there has been a bad practice recently when applicants could not get responses to their request in time because the Main Post Office reported about the correspondence at the last moment.

At the same time, the date of the official response does not violate the terms provided by the law. And all the delays in the delivery of a registered mail to the recipient are said to happen due to the fact that it was impossible pass it to the recipient because of his or her absence by the specified address. But it is particularly evident that in this case the situation raises additional questions.

Aliaksiey Lapitsky explains that at the time stated in the correspondence he was at home, as was sick and did not go out at all. And the report about the second notice appeared in the mailbox (which was daily viewed not by one person) only 2 days prior to the stated date of the picketing – on 08.10.2013.

With all this the notice from the post itself, or, to be more precise, a paper about the notice, cannot be called a document. It does not contain the signature of a responsible person or a stamp of a Post Office. There are also no required details from which it can be understood what time and day the first notification attempt was made.

Thus, either the response from the Executive Committee from 03.10 to 08.10 was in the mail, or (one has to think so) for the sake of a higher ideological expediency, it actually was made with violation of the legal terms in hindsight and was “legalized through mail” as timely one.






Belarusian Legal Portal,
Photo by Ales Lapitsky

One thought on “Zhodzina: picket ban on “Against the Death Penalty” Day (photos, documents)”

  1. Al says:

    It’s a whole insoluble problem in Belarus – to get permission to picket and to realize the constitutional right to peaceful assembly of citizens.((

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