2010 27/01
Жодзінскі гарадзкі суд

Zhodzina town court

On 27.01.2010 from 10-00 to 11-30 Zhodzina Town Court held the last hearing on the protection of the right to peaceful assembly in Zhodzina, where over the past 9 years, not a single mass event, applied for by the citizens, human rights activists or non-governmental organizations and political actors, was permitted.

The court sessions was held by Deputy Chair of the Court Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk. The executive committee was represented by lawyer Volha Verhel.

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2010 26/01
Васіль Грышчанка, Жодзінскі выканкам
Vasil Hryshchanka, Zhodzina executive committee

On January 26, 2010 from 14-30 to 16-30 Zhodzina Court chaired by Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk held the second preliminary meeting on the complaint by Zhodzina human rights defender Aliaksei Lapitski, against the prohibiting of the peaceful mass action, applied for by him and Sviatlana Lapitskaya on 25.11.2009 for 10.12.2009 on the International Human Rights Day by the local executive committee. Continue reading »

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2010 10/01

ЯК АКАЗАЛАСЯ, ДОСТУП ДА НЕЗАЛЕЖНАЕ ПРЭСЫ Ў МЕНСКУ – ПЫТАНЬНЕ ДАГЭТУЛЬ АДКРЫТАЕ … As it turns out, access to independent media in Belarus is still an open question … Continue reading »

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2010 06/01
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

The Zhodzina human rights defender Aliaksei Lapitski, as a continuation of correspondence on the collective claims from the residents of the ‘Chernobyl House’ registered today, 05.01.2010, his appeal to local authorities in the executive committee of Zhodzina. Continue reading »

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2009 09/12
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Zhodzina executive committee prohibited picketing devoted to the International Human Rights Day and informing citizens about violations of public and political law in Zhodzina district!

The request of 25.11.2009 to organize a peaceful meeting was filed by human rights activists and members of HRC “Viasna” in Zhodzina – Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya.

It was also planned to hand out publications of law content and to collect signatures for defending rights of Belarusian-speaking people.

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2009 08/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

Comments of human right defender on /// of authorities to HRC of UNO in the matter of Alena Zalesskaya…

It’s noticeable that Belarusian authorities traditionally make accent only on their own narrow-minded and corporation-official understanding of provisions of this high-rank international agreement in the field of human rights.

In their comments they completely rely on provisions of inner law and large limitation powers of the acknowledged indispensable right of Belarusian citizens for peaceful events and meetings which is presented there.
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2009 08/12
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny received prohibition of organizing a peaceful meeting dedicated to International Human Rights Day. Town officials considered that the activists didn’t pay for militia, medical and sanitary services. Moreover, the relation expression of observing international obligations by our country was planned to take place in the town centre, but the authorities gave an open place in front of cultural centre “Vipra” for these purposes. Continue reading »

2009 07/12
AAN

UN

On 4 September 2009 the Belarusian authorities sent its submission on the comment of Alena Zaleskaya (Vitebsk) to the UN Human Rights Committee. The comment was obtained during the correspondence on the concerned in Geneva individual complaint under No. 1604/2007 on the violation of Alena’s right to peaceful assembly and demonstrations fixed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
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2009 26/11
ГАА, Жодзіна

The Town Department of Education, Zhodzina

And the common term “telephone law” does not even fit here…

This is what happened…

Less than two weeks had passed, after the parents of Yanka Lapitski manage the return their own Belarusian-speaking son to full Belarusian-language training in Zhodzina Gymnasium № 1, but the efforts of the Director Henadz Karshun again deteriorated the situation and almost threw it back.
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2009 19/11
Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

Alaksiej Lapicki

I cannot but express my thoughts and attitudes about the very laconic and aptly remark by the known in Belarus and far beyond human rights defender, my friend, Ales Bialiatski.

His findings are absolutely accurate and indisputable!

In fact, freedom of speech, thought, information dissemination, as well as freedom of association and peaceful assembly … are only real prerequisites for the normal existence of civil society, the existence of different public stances and public dialogue in it. This free space and a public pluralism of ideas are essential for providing conditions for a meaningful choice in society. Continue reading »

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2009 04/11
Сурган і Каваленка, Гарадок

T. Surhan and S.Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Judge of the Kastrychnitski district Edgar Martyrasian fined Vitsebsk activists Taras Surhan and Siarhei Kavalenka 700 000 rubles (about $255) each.

The oppositionists were fined for marching along Vitsebsk Street with white-red-white flags on 2 November, the day when the Ancestors’ Day, Dziady is celebrated in Belarus. The activists were charged with holding an unsanctioned rally, RFE/RL informs. Continue reading »

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2009 04/11
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piotr Kuzniatsou, Homel

The owners of the Belarusian passports are under state protection. So it is written in the document itself. However, the Belarusian reality is built on lies. It often happens that the Belarusian passport is a passport to hell.
Vitebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik was sentenced to a fine of about 12 thousand dollars! It was several months ago, but for some reason it is now when this has to be pronounced. Continue reading »

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2009 28/10

Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Harassment of human rights activists in Belarus…

Vitebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik has been punished by the system with the greatest fine of 34 million rubles on charges, which were immediately used by the official state media for fomenting resentment and hatred, further discrimination of the Belarusian society.

In this case, the target of a company of discredit appeared to be an active in its relations with the UNCHR Vitebsk human rights activist, an activist of the Belarusian civil society, whose very honorable mission of a human rights activist was damaged.  Continue reading »

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2009 26/10
Валянцін Стэфановіч

Valiantsin Stefanovich

Famous human rights activist told about the real situation with political repression in Belarus.

The lawyer of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” , Valiantsin Stefanovich, answered questions on www.charter97.org: Continue reading »

2009 18/10

Aliaksei Lapitski

Aliaksei Lapitski

In the context of numerous violations of rights and freedoms in today’s Belarus, steered by the regime through local authorities, law enforcement and judiciary bodies, one can arrive at a conclusion that ‘the decentralization of responsibility’ in suppressing dissenting views and civil activity has already become a smoothly running system.
It is no wonder, for with the presidential election near at hand, more and more official and ‘right’ appeals should be heard. However, ‘clamour’ by the regime’s opponents is well seen in mass media. The regime should have its ‘advocates of power’ among the so called actively prepared, venal and adapted ‘manageable part of the opposition.’ Those who can be bought are being bought today. Those who cannot – are marked as targets for well-planned and sanctioned ‘political cleansings’ – psychological and administrative pressure, intimidation and discriminative persecution. Continue reading »

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2009 12/10

Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Comments on the recent reply by the Ministry of Education
Human rights activist Aliaksei Lapitski, father of Yanka Lapitski, has provided his comments on the recent reply by the Ministry of Education in the context of Belarusian-language education in Zhodzina.
I was not at all surprised that our complaint against the inaction by Deputy Minister of Education Mr.Faryno was addressed by Mr.Faryna himself. Being unaware of such simple things and ignoring the legislation at this level, in particular the Law on Public Appeals, is real ‘aerobatics.’ Continue reading »

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2009 08/10

bialacki_sudOn 6 October the head of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski and the lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich attended the trial, held on the lawsuit of the president of the Chechen Republic Ahmat Kadyrau for protection of his honor and dignity from the Russian human rights organization Memorial. Bialiatski and Labkovich were present at the trial as observers of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). Continue reading »

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2009 02/10
Васіль Грышчанка, Жодзінскі выканкам

Vasyl Hryshchanka, Zhodzina executive committee

On 01.10.2009, the parents of Yanka Lapitski received a response to their latest appeal from the executive committee of Zhodzina. The document was once again signed by the chair of the executive committee Vasil Hryshchanka alone.

According to Aliaksei Lapitski, despite the fact that the letter from Mr. Hryshchanka noted that it was made in response to the applicants’ appeal, there were no specific answers to the questions raised by the Lapitskis. Continue reading »

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2009 11/09
Kazimir Faryno, Minadukacyi

Kazimir Faryna, Ministry of Education

Parents of Yanka Lapitski received a response from the Ministry of Education to their first appeal of 28.08.2009.

A response dated of 08.09.2009 and received by claimants on 11.09.2009. It contains a rather vague position and evasive formulating. Moreover, probably due to the time of its preparation, it absolutely does not take into account past discriminatory measures on the physical disruption of the classes in the Gymnasium № 1 on the Belarusian-language academic curriculum of Belarusian-speaking student in Zhodzina … Continue reading »

2009 12/07

Janka Lapicki Zhodzina city executive committee issued a decision that is not shown to interested parties. What is the essence of this “very non-secret” decision?

On 06.07.2009, according to the director of Gymnasium № 1, Mr. Henadz Korshun, it became known that on 23.06.2009 the city executive committee issued the decision № 928, according to which the director must close the only in Zhodzina gymnasium Belarusian-language education program for Yanka Lapitski. A Belarusian-speaking boy has studied under that program since 2002. The parents are invited to send their son in the Russian-language class because of the need for savings…
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2009 27/06

In connection with the fact of ignoring by the court of first instance in Homel of approaches and interpretations of the Supreme Court with respect to picketing contained in the Resolution of the chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Sukala, we can make the following conclusion.
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2009 29/05

Alaksiej LapickiOr how ‘the improper Freedom’ stains the image of ‘the true democracy’ in the Belarusian Constitution…
(in continuation of the conversation on the issues covered in the article ‘The Freedom of Speech… in the International and Belarusian Legal Context’)
While the post-Soviet countries of the European Partnership are starting their trip towards the European Union, Belarus, just like 10-12 years ago, is stagnant and absolute predictable stability in the civil and political area…
However, this time, we will try to analyze but one, purely legal issue and see whether all’s well in our Kingdom, as it is advertized by ‘highly appointed’ or, should we say, ‘highly anointed’ persons of the country…
So, why does the Belarusian Constitution limit the freedom of thought and conscience… and belief (their free individual or public dissemination and distribution), set out in Part 1 of Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as the freedom of thought, conscience and religion, to mere Freedom of religion and the right ‘to profess any religion individually or jointly with others, or to profess none at all, to express and spread beliefs connected with one’s attitude towards religion’ (Article 31)?! Continue reading »

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2009 16/02

Alaksiej Lapicki, ŽodzinaDoes the current version of the Belarusian Constitution correspond to the universally recognized principles of the international law?
How does the state implement the imperative procedures of the international law, stated in the international treaties and resulting in its high obligations?
It is high time to raise these crucial questions. The answers to these questions will determine the country’s reputation and help Belarus find its place among other European countries.
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2009 26/01

Liavon Barshcheuski

Liavon Barshcheuski

Liavon Barshcheuski, leader of the oppositional Belarusian People’s Front political party, has addressed Prime Minister Siarhei Sidorski with an open letter on the Belarusian economy. Continue reading »

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2009 24/01

06__441087.jpgThe Belarusian Helsinki Committee has addressed the General Prosecutor’s office with a statement expressing its deep concern regarding the repeated acts of vandalism at a number of memorial sites, including the Kurapaty memorial forest and Hebrew cemeteries of Vitsebsk, Barysau, Homel and Minsk. As yet, all of the crimes remain unpunished.
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2008 30/12

Маніторныг НДА БеларусіHere’s a monitoring report issued by the Belarusian Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs. The review covers the events in the Belarusian civil society following the release of the critical resolution by the European Parliament in September 2008. We encourage you to freely distribute this information. Continue reading »

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2008 19/12

Alaksiej LapickiOn 16 December Aliaksei Lapitski, human rights activists from Zhodzina, finally received a reply to his claim to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus #04-04/307 of 11 November, 2008, signed by M.Samaseika. (see attached materials) Continue reading »

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2008 09/12

Дэклярацыя - гуманістычны здабытак …December 10 marks the anniversary of the UN Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Continue reading »

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2008 08/11

Наперад - у мінулае!?This article appeared as a reaction to the information of Radio ‘Liberty’ about politically motivated discrimination expulsion from secondary school #4a of a pupil Ivan Shyla. See either http://by.prava-by.info/archives/395#respon or http://licviny.info/archives/976 for more details. Continue reading »

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2008 06/11

Барыс ЗвозскаўHere is an article provided by the human rights expert Barys Zvozskau. Bearing in mind recent events concerning the freedom of religion in Russia, including information on religious persecution of Old Believers and their appeal for legal assistance, the article appears to be extremely topical, since it deals with a European approach to the exercise of this vital element of the concept of human rights, i.e. freedom of consciousness. Continue reading »

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2008 01/11

Ikony staraverau, Vietka (Belarus)The editorial board of the Belarusian Legal Portal (by.prava-by.info) learned about the appeal for support in distribution of information concerning facts of violation of rights and freedoms of Russian citizens. Continue reading »

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2008 24/10

Mihal Pastuhoǔ (Biełarus`)Here is an expert’s report by J.D. Professor Mikhail Pastukhou, Honoured Lawyer of the Republic of Belarus and ex-Chaiman of the Constitutional Court, concerning Barys Zvozskau’s Constitutional claim. Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

Alaksiej Łapicki, ŽodzinaThe issue under analysis is still topical, having a definitely practical meaning in the light of the recent events and the post-election resolution by the Council of Europe. The article deals with the issues having an enormous practical significance for the democratization of the society.

Their solution could be a step towards the international community, aimed at the creation of a renewed reputation of Belarus as a sensible and predictable partner, committed to the international standards in the field of civil and political rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular.

Thus, to be or not to be: that is the question!

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2008 17/10

Leanid Sudalenka (Homiel)‘I undertake a commitment to the people of the Republic of Belarus … in good faith and without bias to protect the constitutional order and the supremacy of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus’ (excerpt from the oath taken by the judges of the Constitutional Court)

There is no denying the fact that the judicial system of Belarus is stagnant. The Constitutional Court has faced serious problems while executing justice. On the one hand, the Court should revere the supremacy of the Constitution, on the other hand … well, first things first. Continue reading »

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2008 12/10

Valancin Stefanovič (Miensk)Lawyer and human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovic comments on a number of suits filed by Hrodna KGB asking to recognize that the seized printed editions are of extremist nature:

“We observe unprecedented processes when the regional Committee for State Security (KGB) appeals to court under the Code of Civic Procedures, asking to recognize the legal fact that some printed editions are extremist. Among the editions on their list there is the Chronicle Review of Human Rights Violations in Belarus”, published by Viasna in 2004. According to the plaintiffs, it contains pictures from the rallies of anti-Belarusian nature: the Freedom Day, the Chernobyl March, Ancestors’ day, and others. The KGB also thinks the Review contains calls to overthrow the regime in an unconstitutional way. Continue reading »

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2008 02/10

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Aliaksei Lapitski

IN THE LAST ANSWER TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FROM ZHODZINA THE HEAD OF THE CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION LIDZIYA YARMOSHYNA COSCIENTLY AVOIDS SPEAKING OF EVIDENT VIOLATIONS OF THE ELECTION CODE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS. THERE’S NO USE MENTIONING THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTORAL STANDARDS HERE… SUCH STANDARDS DON’T EXIST FOR BELARUS. THERE ARE SOME IDEOLOGICAL HORRORS AND INSINUATIONS ABOUT THEM, BUT THERE IS NO REAL UNDERSTANDING AND NO POLITICAL WILL FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. HOWEVER, IT’S HIGH TIME THAT ALL INTERNATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS, INCLUDING THE UNDERTAKINGS IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE, BE IMPLEMENTED.
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2008 02/10

Vasil Palakou (Homiel)Immediately after the results of the election were made public, it became clear that there was no use hoping for any changes. The authorities’ flirting with Europe could have ruined the plans of the pro-democratic coalition, but the actual state of affairs was the evidence of the government’s unwillingness to tolerate any democratic reform of the election procedures.

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2008 29/09

Выбарчы марафон завершаны - фокуснік задаволены вынікамMinsk, September 29th, 2008

Elections to the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, 4th convocation.
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2008 10/09

Аляксей Лапіцкі, 2007What runs the show in Belarusian courts: ideological expediency or the Law?

A number of Zhodzina human rights activists have submitted a claim to the Un Human Rights Committee to protect their civil and political rights.

The UN office in Belarus has considered the claim and submitted it for the further consideration of the Geneva-based Human Rights Committee.

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2008 20/08

Аляксей Лапіцкі, 2007‘Legal opportunities and obstacles on the way of implementing international and constitutional law in the Belarusian civil and criminal legal proceedings.’

Some would say the possibility of implementing the legal instruments of international and constitutional law in the Belarusian judiciary is nothing but a joke, for it really seems to be pure fantasy or fairy-tales…

As a matter of fact, some experts think that the legal sphere dealing with civil rights and freedoms is, for today’s Belarus, rather an ideological than a legal issue – it is normally viewed through the lenses of ideological expediency and the absolute authority of the executive power. Meanwhile, judges are perceived as appointed pro-government officials… Continue reading »

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2008 23/03

_dzv_02.jpgThe unprecedented trial that is about to commence in Zhodzina is likely to turn into an ambiguous and highly complicated venture. A number of local human rights activists lodged a claim against several plainclothes policemen, who disturbed public order and violated the rights of Zhodzina residents during the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic on 23 March, 2008. The victims include journalist Dzianis Borykau and the BPF’s local office leaders Sviatlana and Aliaksei Lapitskis. Continue reading »

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouWhen speaking about restricting human rights, one always runs the risk of feeling alerted and anxious. Human rights are a universal value and any restriction of these rights may undermine the essence of the value. However, according to the famous Polish human rights activist Marek Novicky, as far the European law is concerned, such anxiety is groundless, since restrictions are a fact and they should exist, but their amount and manifestation is to be carefully controlled. [4, 22-23]

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouIn autumn 2006 the UN Human Rights Committee condemned the decision by the Belarusian authorities to close down the Homel Regional Public Association ‘Civil Initiatives’ and called upon the government of Belarus to rehabilitate its rights. As yet, things appear to be where they started.
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