2013 13/11

Alaksiej Łapicki (meeting in Zhodino City Court)

On November 12, 2013 starting from 3 p.m. Zhodzina court chaired by Judge Ivan Grynkevich held a regular meeting on the case of human rights activists from Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Aliaksey Lapitski and Sviatlana Lapitskaya against Zhodzina Executive Committee, which refused hearing the application and disrupted picketing, scheduled for August 4, 2013 at the entrance to the City Park of Culture and Rest in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners.

In response to a real ban of the picketing, other different unforbidden events were held in the town on dissemination of information about the chairman of HRC “Viasna” who was imprisoned for 4.5 years by political reasons.

Each new trial in Zhodzina court is a new action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners in Belarus. Human rights activists in T-shirts with the slogan “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski!” participated in the process, where the witnesses were militia officers and representatives of other city services.

This time during the trial human rights defenders had to deny false testimonies from a number of witnesses – officials of Zhodzina housing utilities who supported the version of the Executive Committee and obviously were manipulating documents. The applicants of the case also added documentary evidence on their position, and some reported facts refuted the false testimonies of officials. They also declared a number of petitions on requests to institutions, including the adding individual opinions of UN Human Rights Committee on Belarus concerning peaceful assemblies, as well as the conclusions of the Venice Commission on the Law “On Mass Events” (translation by Lawtrend).

This time, almost all applications including the attaching documents, important for the court’s understanding and evaluation the criteria and interpretations of the UN Human Rights Committee on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, as well as the understanding of these international standards of law in the field of human rights, were not satisfied by court for different reasons: non-compliance with the direct object of proof, unofficial translation, etc.

The court granted the application and because of the lack of time, allowed them to study the protocol of the case of 2011 more closely, to make and submit to the court at the future meeting illustrations of the changes in the position of the Executive Committee for the process in 2011 with the restoration of its requirements to the application from 2012 in the more rigid and impossible form.

Thus, a new decision of Zhodzina Executive Committee № 1020 from 27.07.2012 requires to attach to the applications of a peaceful assembly the already paid copies of contracts with militia, public utilities and healthcare services.

The next and the last court session on the case due to the lack of time was rescheduled. It will take place on November 21, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Ales Volny,
Belarusian Legal Portal

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