2014 23/01

Former chairman of the Homel City Executive Committee Sviatlana Haldade received a message from Geneva today. The Human Rights Committee of the UN announced registration of a complaint, which Sviatlana together with Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka filed in connection with the ban on August 4, 2012 a rally in support of a political prisoner and human rights activist Ales Bialiatski.

Let’s remind you that on August 4, 2012, at the initiative of human rights activists rallies in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski were planned to be held across the whole country. Applications for the pickets were filed in all regional centers and other cities of the country, but all peaceful assemblies of citizens were banned.

Sviatlana Haldade requests the Committee to formalize a violation by the state of hers and the human rights defenders’ rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and to recommend the Belarusian government to bring the law “On Mass Events”, and the decision of local authorities on the order of events in accordance with international obligations.

According to the procedure, after filing a complaint, it is sent to the Government of the country, which must give its comments within six months. The complainant is given an opportunity to comment on the comment of the Government, then the complaint is waiting its queue to be reviewed, which is now is from 3 to 4 years in the Committee on Human Rights of the UN.

According to gomelspring.org
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal

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