2013 14/11

Homel human rights defenders achieved another victory in international courts. The UN Committee on Human Rights ruled Belarusian state to compensate expenses of opposition members who were unfairly prosecuted in 2008.

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka mentions the circumstances of this case:

– In 2008, Aliaksander Protska from Brahin and Andrey Tolchyn from Naroulia distributed leaflets that the leader of the democratic forces is going to come to these areas-victims of the Charnobyl disaster. They planned to tell the residents of the territory what actually is going on and how the state is helping Chernobyl victims, but the both activists were arrested by militia. Then in Brahin the court decided to give a large fine to Protska and in Naroulia Tolchyn even spent 5 days in jail.

The UN Committee on Human Rights demanded from the Belarusian State to pay Aliaksander Protska and Andrey Tolchyn all expenses incurred. Besides, it ruled to bring national legislation on mass events in accordance with international obligations. Documents in English can be found on the website of the UN here.

Belarus has to inform the UN Committee on Human Rights about the implementation of the requirements in 180 days.

Attachment: Protsko and Tolchin v. Belarus CCPR/C/109/D/1919-1920/2009 (eng.)

Quoting Belarusian Radio Racyja
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal

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