2013 07/11

Leanid Sudalenka

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka comments on the situation of Yury Rubtsou’s detention during a peaceful rally to Kurapaty. He believes that by arresting and detaining the citizen of Homel for three days, Belarusian authorities showed their attitude to human rights – arbitrary detention, violation of the right to liberty and security of person, violation of the right to participate in a peaceful assembly and as a result violation of freedom of expression. The result is – a lawless arrest.

“Did Yury Rubtsou had to obey the militia officer’s order to take off a T-shirt with the inscription about asking the head of the state to retire? The answer is obvious – as well as the shoes! The lack of the president’s name on Yury’s boots does not change the matter. There is no such law in the country which prohibits public expression of political demands. The lawyer is convinced that: “The militia officers took responsibility for violation Article 25 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom and security of a person”.

He believes that by arbitrarily detaining a citizen during a permitted street rally and forcibly holding him in a detention center up to the court session, the police have taken the responsibility for violation of Articles 33 and 35 of the Constitution, which guarantee freedom of street processions and demonstrations, as well as freedom of expression and belief, which created obstacles for Yury Rubtsou to implement his constitutional rights.

The human rights activist is convinced that these violations of constitutional rights and freedoms should have been fixed in the resolution of the case by the judge. “I’m not familiar with the resolution of the case, but am convinced that when assessing the legality of the requirements of the militia officers to remove the T-shirt, the judge obviously did not observe the requirements of the law,” – said Leanid Sudalenka .

He is ready to help Yury Rubtsou, if he wishes to learn about the assessing illegal arrests and detentions by other Belarusian judges, including judges of the Supreme Court or to seek protection of his rights in the Human Rights Committee of the UN.

Quoting spring96.org,
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal

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