2014 20/03

Today Homel citizen Jury Rubtsou appealed to the UN Committee on Human Rights. The activist argued that the Belarusian authorities, by arresting him for three days for refusal to takeoff his T-shirt with the words “Lukashenka, go away!” during the procession of the feast day of “Dziady” in Minsk, had violated his rights under Articles 9, 14, 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

It bears reminding that, on November 3, during a procession on the day of “Dzyady” in Minsk riot militia officers demanded Jury Rubtsou to remove his t-shirt with the words “Lukashenka, go away!”, “Four times of presidency – no! It is not the president, but Tsar – the impostor”. Later, the ensign Vital Pilipeyka stated at the court that “these inscriptions were put on public display and could have cause negative consequences”.

According to the testimony of three witnesses in court Rubtsou was brutally shoved into a van by unknown persons in civilian clothes. In court, the militia officers lied, saying that I “refused to get into the car, was pulling out, grabbed them by clothes”. Judge of Minsk Soviet district Dzmitry Paulyuchenka believed riot militia, and called me and three my civilian witnesses liars”, – says Rubtsou.

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka who helped the activist to exhaust all domestic remedies and helped to prepare a complaint to the UN Committee, believes that the Belarusian authorities showed their attitude to human rights by arresting a resident of Homel – arbitrary detention, violation of the right to freedom and personal immunity, to participation in a peaceful assembly and as a consequence to freedom of expression.

By gomelspring.org
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal

Photo: Aliaksei Lapitski

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