2016 25/04

Today human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka appealed to the UN Committee on Human Rights with an individual complaint.

  • The appeal to the Committee is again initiated against Ašmiany customs, which one year ago, on May 24, 2015 at a checkpoint “Kamienny Łoh” conducted a body search and confiscated activist’s laptop and printed media.

Inside the country, the human rights activist used all possible remedies including the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s Office.

Let’s remind you that in May, Leanid Sudalenka was returning to Belarus from the Lithuanian capital, where he took part in the forum on Non-Profit Law. At the border crossing point “Kamienny Łoh” without any explanation he underwent a personal inspection, thorough inspection of the car and luggage. The human rights activist did not agree with the arbitrary confiscation of the laptop and appealed to Ašmiany district court with a complaint, because he believed it to be a restriction on the freedom to receive, store and disseminate information. The customs returned the computer and printed products after examination, because they failed to find anything extremist in them, but the human rights activist decided to fight for his rights until the end.

“Confiscation of a laptop at the border can only be called barbarism. That’s what I have told the customs officers, I even offered them to take away my cell phone, because it has the same functions as the computer”,

– the human rights activist recalls his “adventures” on the state border.

“It has been registered a sufficient number of Belarusian cases on violation of the rights to the storage and dissemination of information by this time in the UN Human Rights Committee. For many years when commenting on the complaints, the Government of Belarus on the international scene keeps on repeating the same thing – that the applicants had not appealed to the prosecutor. In my case, I decided to recapture the last argument of officials from the Foreign Ministry, although it is, I repeat, not mandatory. Let’s see what they will come up with“,

– said the human rights activist.

It should be noted that on the complaint of Leanid Sudalenka the UN Human Rights Committee has previously examined the case against Ašmiany customs (case №2114/2011 see in the attachment), when on the eve of the presidential elections in 2010 at the same checkpoint “Kamienny Łoh” customs officers seized ten copies of instructions for short-term observers. Back then international experts recognized the actions of customs officers not relevant to international agreements of the country and called on the Belarusian government not to repeat such violations in the future.




Quoting gomelspring.org
Prepared by Ales LETA,
Belarusian Legal Portal

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  1. AL Łapicki says:

    One thought on “Belarusian Justice vs. UNO. Whose side will win? (documents)”

    A new complaint has been appealed to the UNCHR from Homel …

    I thought that Leanid suffered again during his very recent return home from Vilnia… It turned out that this was the last year’s case. “Thanks to consistently effective” Belarusian law-enforcement system, the case of violation, which once again was not noticed by Belarusian courts and reached the UN Committee, and will be fully considered at the highest international level…

    Sometimes you have to think that this is a banal chronic disease… High ranking Belarusian official simply cannot live without putting on a public review the evidence of his own law enforcement, judicial and administrative inferiority…

    It only reminds us that Belarus’s ruling power lacks elementary features of the constitutional legal consciousness, the necessary judicial independence and integrity of the international treaty.

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