2014 06/06

At this time, a group of Belarusian human rights activists is in Sweden. They visited the police station and met with the press secretary and the representatives of the Dialogue Police, which is consistently working with public, including public events in the capital.

During the meeting certain details and features of implementation in the Swedish model the practices of law and international standards concerning the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression were clarified.

Conducting public peaceful mass assemblies (pickets, rallies, marches) in Sweden does not meet any administrative obstacles or prohibitions. The principle of application for events here is notification. Approved by the national law, the order it as follows: citizens must apply before any mass event with payment fee of 250 SEK (25 Euro converted). It is necessary to notify the police about the planned location, purpose and format of the event to avoid “overlapping” and obstacles in the implementation of the protesters their constitutional right for peaceful assembly and expression.

Activists do not face any administrative liability in case of failing to follow the legal order and conducting a spontaneous peaceful assembly. The realization of the constitutional right to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression is considered here to be the highest priority, and the State has a positive obligation to ensure it guarantee.

The tasks of the Police are only operational security of any peaceful public campaigns and events, as well as the establishment of a dialogue between the various parties, especially in collisions of the opposing sides and positions. In the case of violent behavior by demonstrators form Dialogue Police officers dressed in a special clothes are trying to negotiate with the citizens, and if necessary stop the misconduct by legal means which can also be used to protect other citizens.

Thus, we can say that Sweden as one of the countries participating in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (which is significant and instructive for Belarus) successfully implements its provisions and regulations in law, and in practice certainly fulfills it.

Belarusian Legal Portal
Photo: Svetlana Lapitskaya

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