2008 21/10

Milicyja j pravaThe workers of the budget sector seem to be lacking money, as they are going to take more of it from common folk after introduction of prepayment for ‘law-enforcement services’. As a result the rights, guaranteed by the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (particularly, article 19 and 21) will become accessible only in the case of payment for the police services. Then, maybe one soon will have to pay them even for coming to the place of a crime?! For more details see a material from Homel.

The following thoughts come to mind after getting the following material from Homel (Russian)…

Yesterday the preliminary hearings on the suit of the civil activists Piatro Kuzniatsou, Alexander Protska, Natallia Shchukina and Andrei Tolchyn took place at Tsentralny district court of Homel.

The democratic activists appeal against the ruling of the local authorities on prohibition of pickets during the election campaign and question the constitutionality of the ruling of the city executive committee imposing further restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly.

The sides of the trial are keeping to their positions: the activists insist on reversal of the executive committee’s ruling, whereas the authorities don’t take the blame.

One of the plaintiffs, Andrei Tolchyn, asked the court to request from the Central polyclinic of Homel, the police department of Homel oblast executive committee and the special automobile enterprise of Homel the price lists for services to the population during mass actions, as well as the normative and legal acts on the basis of which these state institutions that exist at the expense of tax-payers, provide such paid services.

Bear in mind that during the latest election campaign Homel oblast executive committee prohibited representatives of the United Democratic Forces to hold peaceful assemblies because of absence of agreements with the aforementioned institutions concerning payment for their services during the mass actions.

Pricelist for law-enforcement services to be presented by the police?

The workers of the budget sector seem to be lacking money, as they are going to take more of it from common folk after introduction of prepayment for ‘law-enforcement services’. As a result the rights, guaranteed by the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (particularly, article 19 and 21) will become accessible only in the case of payment for the police services. Then, maybe one soon will have to pay them even for coming to the place of a crime?! For more details see a material from Homel (in Russian)

The following thoughts come to mind after getting the following material from Homel (Russian)…

Yesterday the preliminary hearings on the suit of the civil activists Piatro Kuzniatsou, Alexander Protska, Natallia Shchukina and Andrei Tolchyn took place at Tsentralny district court of Homel.

The democratic activists appeal against the ruling of the local authorities on prohibition of pickets during the election campaign and question the constitutionality of the ruling of the city executive committee imposing further restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly.

The sides of the trial are keeping to their positions: the activists insist on reversal of the executive committee’s ruling, whereas the authorities don’t take the blame.

One of the plaintiffs, Andrei Tolchyn, asked the court to request from the Central polyclinic of Homel, the police department of Homel oblast executive committee and the special automobile enterprise of Homel the price lists for services to the population during mass actions, as well as the normative and legal acts on the basis of which these state institutions that exist at the expense of tax-payers, provide such paid services.

Bear in mind that during the latest election campaign Homel oblast executive committee prohibited representatives of the United Democratic Forces to hold peaceful assemblies because of absence of agreements with the aforementioned institutions concerning payment for their services during the mass actions.

Aliaksei Shytsikau, judge of Tsentralny district court of Homel, accepted Tolchyn petitions and noted that it would be also interesting for him to find since what time the services of the police, medics and public utilities became paid.

The editorial board of the web-site osdgomel.org received a comment from the democratic activist Andrei Tolchyn:

‘Homel city executive committee came to an absurd. From its answer it appears that services of the police and the medics in Homel became paid. For instance, if I come to a picket and somebody starts violating the public order, the present police will calmly watch it without doing anything if I did not pay for their services? Such approaches contradict to the Constitution and to the laws by which the activities of these services are regulated.

However, we have just to wait a little, as the police and the medics have only two ways out: either to present to the society their pricelists or confess that they did not give any paid services, thus knocking the bottom out of Homel city executive committee.’

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