2016 25/04

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

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2016 29/02

united_nations1The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by Kanstantsin Zhukouski, a freelance journalist in Homieĺ, who was fined for covering a protest in Svietlahorsk in November 2014. Continue reading »

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2016 17/02

The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted the UN Human Rights Committee by Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed in 2014.
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2016 09/02

Юры Рубцоў (Менск, Дзяды - 2013)The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of former political prisoner Yury Rubtsou. The letter says that Rubtsou was not prosecuted for expressing his opinion, but for disobeying a lawful order from a police officer. Continue reading »

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2016 03/02

Freelance journalist Natallia Kryvashei complains to UN Human Rights Committee Continue reading »

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2016 15/01

On January 12, the Homieĺ District Court sentenced local journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to a fine of 4.6 mln rubles on charges of violating Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code (illegal manufacture of media products, and working without accreditation for foreign media). Continue reading »

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2016 13/01

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Aliaksandar Protska, a resident of Homieĺ who attempted to stage a protest against the charges his daughter faced for alleged human trafficking. The communication has been sent to the State for comments on the merits. Continue reading »

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2016 10/01

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka has received a decision adopted at the autumn session of the UN Human Rights Committee in case No. Continue reading »

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2016 10/01

On December 24, journalist Larysa Shchyrakova was charged with illegal manufacture of media products (Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code) for the TV channel “Belsat”. Continue reading »

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2015 18/02

On 18 February, Yury Varonezhtsau, a resident of Homel who sent a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, received a message from Geneva saying that his communication had been accepted by the Committee for consideration. The United Nations Human Rights Committee says it has registered the complaint authored together with human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka. The complaint dealt with a ban on a street rally in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski expected to be held in Homel on 4 August 2013.
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2015 11/02

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a Homel activist of the United Civil Party Eduard Neliubovich, who appeals a ban on a street procession in support of the Ukrainian people and its wish to live in the European Union. He also appeals the prohibition of a picket in support of Ales Bialiatski and his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading »

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2014 10/12

In 2014, 27 people applied to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations with the assistance of Homel Centre for Strategic Litigation. As a result, three communications were accepted for consideration on the merits. Continue reading »

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2014 08/12

Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka and the civil society activist Halina Bialova have received an answer from Homel City Executive Committee regarding their application for holding a procession on Human Rights Day, December 10.
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2014 01/12

UN Human Rights Committee on condemned the violation of Belarus’s international legal obligations through the execution of Aliaksandr Hrunou whose case was considered by the HRC at the time. HRC requested Belarusian authorities to suspend the execution of the sentence until the consideration of the case, but the sentence was carried out, and now the case will be considered, despite the fact that the applicant had already been shot.
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2014 20/11

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has found numerous violations of the right to disseminate information against a United Civil Party activist from Homel Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh. The Committee recommends the Belarusian authorities to restore the activist’s rights, to compensate for all the costs incurred, as well as to change the law “On Mass Events”. Continue reading »

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2014 31/10

Persecution of expression is the most often one in Belarus. Homel Center for Strategic litigation made this conclusion on the bases of analysis of all decisions of the UN Committee on Human Rights made on Belarusian cases. Head of the Center Leanid Sudalenka emphasized: every second Belarusian case considered in Geneva is on prosecution of people for expressing opinions.
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2014 28/08

The UN Human Rights Committee has said that the Belarusian authorities violated the right of the deputy chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP) Vasil Paliakou to peaceful assembly, by banning in September 2008 a mass event aimed to urge citizens not to take part in the parliamentary elections, which took place on September 28, 2008. Continue reading »

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2014 27/08

On August 26, founders of the republican human rights association “Pakt” (“Covenan”),a movement for the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, submitted to the Supreme Court their appeal against the refusal of the Ministry of Justice to register the public association. Continue reading »

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2014 21/08

Mikalai Novikau, activist of the United Civil Party and former candidate for the Homel Regional Council, has not been able to sue the JSC “Palesdruk”, which refused to print his campaign flyers during the last local elections. The UCP activist is now seeking to protect his rights in the UN Human Rights Committee, where he has submitted ​​a personal complaint. Continue reading »

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2014 18/08

Андрэй Стрыжак, РэчыцаCoordinator of the youth network of the independent trade union of radio-electronic industry Andrei Stryzhak complained to the UN Human Rights Committee against a ban imposed by officials in Rechytsa on a peaceful assembly that was scheduled for September 8, 2013 and was expected to protest against the decision of the Belarusian government to abolish sick leave payments for parents raising children.
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2014 04/08

Applications for pickets for release of political prisoners, filed by human rights activists within the framework of the Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society, were turned down by the local authorities in Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk, Homel, Mozyr, Rechytsa, Zhodzina, Barysau, Baranavichy, Smarhon and Mahiliou.
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2014 30/07

Human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny have lodged a lawsuit with the Homel Tsentralny District Court against the City Executive Committee, who banned a picket in support of political prisoners scheduled for August 4. Continue reading »

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2014 25/07

Eduard Nialubovicz, an activist of the United Civic Party of Belarus from Homiel addressed the UN Human Rights Committee with an appeal, which contains complaint on the prohibition of two peaceful assemblies – a picket in support of political prisoner and human rights defender Ales Bialiacki on the 10th of November and street procession in support of the Ukrainian Maidan on the 21st of December by local authorities. Continue reading »

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2014 25/07

Deputy Chief of Supreme Court judge Andrej Zabara replied to supervisory appeal of activist of United Civic Party of Belarus from Homiel Eduard Nielubovicz. Continue reading »

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2014 21/07

Human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka, who planned to hold a series of pickets in the region on the 27th of July on the Independence Day together with other activists and representatives of democratic organizations received denials of applications for holding the pickets.
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2014 17/07

Homiel prosecutor Siarhiei Zaitsau made an official warning about inadmissibility of violation of law to director of LLC “OMA” shop Natalia Urublieuskaya, who sent a written reply to human rights defender Anatol Paplauny in Russian, but not in the language of inquiry.
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2014 17/06

Anatol Paplauny, a human rights activist from Homel, asks prosecutor Siarhei Zaitsau Gomel to inspect a local building center named “OMA”, where his complaint in the Belarusian language received a written answer in Russian. The store manager Natallia Urubleuskaya argues that “business correspondence and legal documents should be sent to the population in Russian”. Continue reading »

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2014 24/05

Zmicier Karashkou is a public activist from Homel of “Stop drinking – we have to live” Company. He brings to the international community the facts of being repeatedly persecuted by the state for expressing his opinion related to Russia’s initiation of war in the Ukraine, and for drawing attention to the problem of alcoholization of the nation. Continue reading »

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2014 19/05

Yury Varonezhtsau, a known public and political figure in Homel, submitted today a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee to appeal against a ban on a street procession in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. Continue reading »

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2013 29/09

In early September, a new decision of Homel city executive committee on mass events came into force. The authorities say that it is meant to “expand the list of places for public events, as well as to improve the interaction between the organizers of public events and local authorities.”
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2013 17/08

Alaksiej Łapicki, Žodzina

That is the latest example – the UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint of Vital Lapasau, activist from Hrodna. At first glance it is an ordinary complaint. Several dozens complaints of Belarusians have been registered and considered by the UN HRC recently. However, it should be noted that this is the first complaint of the kind from Hrodna region which was filed with the methodological support of Homel human rights defenders. Continue reading »

2012 24/05

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by the For Free Elections campaign, a Belarusian NGO denied state registration by the Ministry of Justice back in mid 2011.
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2012 04/05

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

On 4 May the vice-head o the United Civil Party and chairman of the Homel regional organization of the UCP Vasil Paliakou applied to the UN Human Rights Committee. The politician believes that the Belarusian authorities violated Article 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the right to freedom of information and of peaceful assembly) by sentencing him to arrest for organizing the People’s Assembly.
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2012 17/04

Mrs. Zinaida Shumilina, Homel

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Homel civil activist Mrs. Zinaida Shumilina, contesting a number of bans on holding pickets in support of former presidential candidates and their families.
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2012 27/03
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piatro Kuzniatsou, Homel

Homiel leader of the Movement “For Freedom!” Piatro Kuzniatsou did not agree with the actions of Belarusian authorities, which arbitrarily, to his point view, deprived him of his right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Now he is litigating this fact in the UN Committee on Human Rights. Continue reading »

2012 22/03
Юрась Захаранка, Гомель

Yuras Zakharanka, Homel

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Homel activist of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party People’s Hramada Yuras Zakharanka.
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2012 09/03

Distribution of these materials in Homiel was stopped by the riot militia

In Homiel a member of anti-alcohol campaign “Don’t drink –let’s live” Vasil Takarenka was arrested. He was arrested by riot militia near the store “Homiel”. The activist was taken to the militia department of the Central District.
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2012 05/03

Уладзімер Кацора, Гомель

On 5 March Homel oppositionist Uladzimir Katsora filed an individual communication with the UN Human Rights Committee. The activist is of the opinion that the Belarusian authorities who were represented by the police officers who detained him and fined for the organization of a People’s Assembly, violated Articles 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – the right to disseminate information and freedom of peaceful assemblies. Continue reading »

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2012 28/02
Ігар Случак, Гомель

Ihar Sluchak, Homel

Homel resident Ihar Sluchak has lodged another complaint with the Supreme Court Chairman Valiantsin Sukala, urging him to review the administrative arrest for alleged disorderly conduct in late August 2011 Continue reading »

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2012 27/02

On 27 February, Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly were violated by Belarus. Continue reading »

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2012 25/02
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Who is “our” and who – “stranger”?

February 23 antyalkagolnuyu activists were detained by police in 1230 about a department store “Homel”.
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2012 24/02

Zinaida Shumilina, Homel

A member of the UCP from Homel Zinaida Shumilina has sent an individual complaint to the UN Committee on Human Rights. She believes that, together with his colleagues suffered from the actions of Belarusian authorities. The conflict, which requires the intervention of the international structure – the UN Committee on Human Rights, established in February last year.
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2012 14/02
Лілія Мароз

Lilia Maroz

Standing Commission of the Council of the Republic of Belarus found no reason to test the administrative law for compliance with the Constitution and international law.
Homel opposition activists Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh received such a response to their appeal from the House of territorial representation. Continue reading »

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2012 26/01
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piatro Miklashevich recently has demonstrated the government’s position on the citizens’ right to access constitutional justice. Continue reading »

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2012 23/01
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Constitutional Court, Miensk

Homel pro-democratic activists Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh have addressed the Constitutional Court of Belarus with a demand to provide legal assessment to the provisions of Article 8.4 of the Code for Administrative Procedures in their compliance with Article 25 of the Constitution and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

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2012 12/01
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

On 12 January Siarhei Shytsikau, Judge of the Tsentralny District Court of Homel, turned down the appeal of the Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka against the refusal of the Homel City Executive Committee to authorize their picket, dated to the Human Rights Day, 10 December.
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2012 11/01
Уладзімер Няпомняшчых, Гомель

Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh, Homel

On January 11 judge of Homiel Central district Alena Tsalkova passed a resolution: to stop the administrative case against Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh on “dirty swearing” (Article 17.1 of the CAO) for the failure to prove his guilt. Continue reading »

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2012 10/01
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On 10 January Vasil Paliakou, head of the Homel regional branch of the United Civil Party, filed an individual communication with the UN Human Rights Committee concerning violation of Article 14 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the Republic of Belarus by forced dactylography.
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2012 03/01
Ізалятар ...

Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh addressed the Tsentrany District Court of Mahiliou with an appeal against the unlawful arrest.
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2011 27/12
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On December 26 the leadership of the “Center of strategic litigation” received a response from the UN Committee on Human Rights to the application of Homiel citizen Marysia Tulzhankova. The young activist complained to the UN Committee on Human Rights of violation of her rights by the state, namely the violation of the right of information and expression. Continue reading »

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2011 18/11
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Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered an individual complaint by Homel human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka against an arbitrary detention by the Belarusian border troops ahead of the 2010 presidential election. Continue reading »

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2011 14/11
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

In the evening of November 13 the chairman of the Homiel region UCP Vasil Paliakou was released from detention centre. On the same day he stopped a protest hunger strike, which lasted 5 days.

Let’s remind that Vasil Paliakou was arrested by law enforcement agencies in the evening of November 8. The trial over Vasil was organized the next day in the Soviet district court of Homiel. The activist was accused of breaking the law “On mass events” when preparing for the People’s Assembly, scheduled for Nov. 12. The judge Kupratsevich awarded Paliakou 5 days of administrative arrest. Continue reading »

2011 18/10
В.Палякоў і Л.Судаленка, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Homel activists Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka have lodged a complaint with chief of Homel Tsentralny District Police Department, appealing their arbitrary detention on the day so called “People’s Assembly” was held, 8 October, www.gomelspring.org reports. Continue reading »

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2011 09/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaxey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On 07.10.2011 from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. in Zhodzina city court a preliminary hearing presided over by Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk was held on the appeal of Aliaxey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya about the unlawful actions (inaction) of the executive committee officials, who had violated the rights of Zhodzina citizens to hold a peaceful meeting in the form of picketing in support of imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky.
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2011 22/09
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Kanstantsin Zhukouski, Homel

Kanstantsin Zhukouski, an activist from Homel detained by police in the evening of September 21 for unknown grounds, was taken to hospital in early hours of September 22.
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2011 20/08
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Homel city executive committee has banned a number of pickets of support to Ales Bialiatski scheduled for 22 August. Continue reading »

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2011 10/08
Анатоль Паплаўны, Гомель

Anatol Paplauny, Homel

In connection with cancellation of a judicial decision according to which Anatol Paplauny was forced to serve 15 days of administrative arrest last month, Homel human rights defenders are going to prove the fact of imposition of knowingly lawless sentence. Continue reading »

2011 29/07
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А.Savinykh, Belarusian MFA

The UN Human Rights Committee’s statement on Belarus’ violations of its international obligations by executing two death sentences is “injurious”, Belarusian MFA spokesperson Andrei Savinykh said on 28 July.

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2011 23/05
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piatro Kuzniatsou, Homel

Piotr Kuzniatsou, leader of For Freedom Homel regional office, has lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court, appealing an earlier fine for distributing leaflets back in January 2011.
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2011 12/05
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

On 11 May Dzmitry Uloha, Judge of the Homel Regioon Court considered the appeal of Vasil Paliakou, Chair of the Homel region organization of the United Civil Party, against the fine that had been imposed on him by the Savetski District Court of Homel, and left the previous verdict in force.
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2011 30/04
Уладзімер Сякерка, Гомель

Uladzimir Siakerka, Homel

On 28 April, Homel city authorities reversed their earlier decision on authorization of a May Day opposition rally applied for by local activists of the Fair World Belarusian United Left Party. Continue reading »

2011 13/04
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

On 13 April Halina Sytsko, Judge of the Homel Savetski District Court, fined Vasil Paliakou, Chair of the Homel region organization of the United Civil Party, 875,000 rubles (about $287) for refusing to be fingerprinted by the police.
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2010 07/12
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

At the end of November the Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka applied for holding a picket on 10 December, the Human Rights Day.
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2010 07/12
Затрыманая літаратура

Instructions for Short-term Observers

On 30 November officers of the Ashmiany customs office examined the personal belongings of the Homel human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka who was returning home from Vilnius. They confiscated from him 10 copies of Instructions for Short-term Observers at Presidential Election of Belarus. The human rights defender considers the confiscation of the manuals illegal and stated it in his complaint to the head of the State Customs Committee, which was filed by him on 1 December.
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2010 02/11
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The UN Human Rights Committee registered a complaint of five participants of the action that was held in 2009 in front of the Homel Region Police Department to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the former Interior Minister Yury Zakharanka. According to the human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka, the Committee officially informed the authors of the complaint about it.
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2010 19/10
У.Кацора і Л.Судаленка

U.Katsora and L.Sudalenka, Homel

Human right activist Leanid Sudalenka who prepared an application to UN HR Committee told BelaPAN that the committee recognized the fact that Belarus violated civil rights of Homiel human right activist, member of United Civil Party (UCP) Uladzimier Katsora.
This information was in the document which Katsora received from the UN HR Committee on October18.

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2010 27/08
Ю.Варонежцаў, Гомель

Yury Varoniezhtsau, Homel

On August 25 Homiel Central court started issuing Larysa Varoniezhtsava’s complaint to investigation department of Homiel Regional Executive Committee’s Internal Affairs Directorate. Public activist Yury varoniezhtsau’s wife demands recovery of property and money – $4700 to her and her children.
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2010 20/08
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Police ...?!

On 18 August, Vasil Paliakou, chair of UCP Homel regional office, was officially charged with arbitrariness during the 26 July rally marking the 20th anniversary of Belarusian independence. The police say other participants of the event will be prosecuted under civil procedures.

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2010 04/08
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalienka, Homel

Freedom of expression is a basis of political rights fixed in article 19 of Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This inherent right includes the right to keep to an opinion, search for, get and distribute different information and ideas despite state borders – orally, in writing, printed or via artistic ways of expression or any other ways chosen by a person. Continue reading »

2010 27/07
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Palakou, Homel

On 26 July the Homel police detained Vasil Paliakou, Chairperson of the Homel regional organization of the United Civil Party, Yury Hlushakou, first Deputy Chairperson of the Green Party, a civil activist Larysa Shchyrakova, a member of the Belarusian Popular Front Valery Repnin and a representative of the Human Rights Center Viasna, Anatol Paplauny.
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2010 23/07
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On 23 July the panel of judges on criminal cases of the Homel Region Court headed by Judge Liudmila Hrynko, amnestied Yauhen Yakavenka, a member of the Belarusian Christian Democracy , conscientious objector to the military service. Continue reading »

2010 17/07

At a meeting of Belarusian human rights defenders there arose a discussion concerning the appropriateness of submitting individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee, taking shape in two main approaches – pessimistic and optimistic. Without denying the usefulness of the protection instrument in general, the pessimists argued that the Committee’s ability is extremely limited, the cases are long, besides the government of Belarus considers the decisions not binding. Accordingly, there is no need to resort extensively to the filing of complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee and to use this mechanism only in exceptional cases. Continue reading »

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2010 14/07

Court of Homel

On 12 July, the Tsentralny District Court of Homel considered the lawsuit of the Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka against the ban imposed by the Homel City Executive Committee on over 30 pickets that the activists planned to hold in the most populous places of the city on 1 June in order to mark the International Children’s Day. Continue reading »

2010 15/06
Анатоль Паплаўны, Гомель

Anatol Paplauny, Homel

Anatol Paplauny, a Homel human rights defender who had received administrative punishment for participation in the Chain of Concerned People, an action dedicated to commemoration of the missing public and political activists and support to their families and political prisoners, passed an individual communication to the UN Human Rights Committee in connection with violation by Belarus of his rights to fair trial and freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
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2010 09/06
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

The Homel human rights defender received an answer from the Constitutional Court to the application that had been submitted by him and Anatol Paplauny. In this document, the applicants asked the court to adopt a ruling aimed at the direct implementation by courts of the universally accepted principles and norms of international legislations and the international treaties ratified by the Republic of Belarus.
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2010 23/04
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

On 20.04.2010 Aliaksiey Lapitsky received the decision of the Minsk regional court. On 18.03.2010 Cassational instance adjudicated the applicant from Zhodzina in his application in which the decision of court was disputed. The court didn’t find any violations of rights in actions of authorities of local executive committee who prohibited peaceful manifestation devoted to Human Rights day – 10.12.2009.
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2010 14/01
Уладзімер Кацора, Гомель

Uladzimir Katsora, Homel

Homel activist of the Movement “For Freedom” Uladzimir Katsora appealed to public authorities with a demand to implement the requirement of the decision by the UN Human Rights Committee on the reestablishment of the public association “Civil Initiatives”. Continue reading »

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2009 24/12

ААНThe UN Human Rights Committee has registered the individual complaint by Homel opposition activists Aliaksandr Protska and Andrei Tolchyn, the BelaPAN news agency reports. Continue reading »

2009 16/12
Uladzimier Kacora

Uladzimier Kacora

Homel Savetski Tax Inspection ordered Homel member of the For Freedom movement Uladzimer Katsora to pay 10 million roubles for the Civil Initiatives public association, closed down in 2003. Meanwhile, the activist says he has declared his retirement from the position of the head of liquidation commission of Civil Initiatives. Continue reading »

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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 30/11
Леанід Судалека, Гомель

Леанід Судалека, Гомель

An activist of the Movement “For Freedom” received a negative reply to his proposal to publish in the local newspaper information about the contest dedicated to the day of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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2009 19/11
Валер Рыбчанка, Гомель

Valer Rybchanka, Homel

Judge Vasil Biahun of Homel Regional Court has ruled to reverse a 700,000-rouble fine to Valery Rybchanka, local opposition Communist leader, his civil case being sent for reconsideration at Homel Chyhunachny Court. Continue reading »

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2009 02/11

Tatsiana Bublikava

The independent journalists Tatsiana Bublikava and Aleh Ryzhkou were detained in Homel.

As the website baj.by reports, the incident took place on 30 October, when the journalists were filming an interview in Homel streets. They asked passers-by their opinions on swine flu epidemic.

As Tatsiana Bublikava said, policemen Maksim Ihnatchyk and Ihar Tarasau came up to them and demanded to show a permit for shooting. Police officers remained unsatisfied with journalist certificates and explanations of the journalists that they were fulfilling the editor’s task and didn’t need a permit to shoot in the place.
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2009 30/10
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Homel civil and political figures on the criminal prosecution of Leanid Svetsik

Leanid Sudalenka, Chair of the Legal Initiative’s Homel office, human rights activist, Homel
- The Vitsebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik was convicted of sending letters with threats on behalf of the unregistered ultra-right organization RNE (Russian National Unity). The offence is prosecuted under Article 130-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (fomenting racial, national or religious hatred). As far as I know, Svetsik’s work was to render legal assistance to the receivers of the letters and that was his only fault. Now he will have to pay a huge fine of 11,000 USD, which roughly equals to a 3-year’s average salary in Belarus. It looks like the State has made up its mind to earn money on the human rights activist and his big family. I am sure that Leanid Svetsik will find a decent way out of the complicated situation, for he has not admitted the verdict yet. He is going to appeal it, therefore he considers himself innocent! Continue reading »

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2009 15/10

sud1On 13 October the Chyhunachny district court of Homel tried 7 pro-democratic activists. As BelaPAN informs, on 16 September 16 oppositionists planned to hold a rally of solidarity with the families of the abducted, but were detained by police on their way to the place where the event was held. As a result, the rally hadn’t taken place.

At the session of the court policemen claimed that all the detained marched along the street in an organized column, and held portraits of the missing Viktar Hanchar and Anatol Krasouski. Activists stated that they were not carrying anything, as the rally was to start on Uprising square. Finally, all the oppositionists were fined for violation of the order of holding mass events. Continue reading »

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2009 24/09
Leanid Sudalenka

Leanid Sudalenka

Even if to assume that the authority watches over their opponents 24 hours a day, as it is asserted by the police, and knows about our intentions long before the alleged events, still no one was exempted from enforcing the law. At least in the Basic Law of our country it is written in black and white that the state and all its bodies and officials act within the Constitution and legislative acts passed in accordance with it (Article 7).

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2009 22/08

On 21 August 2009 activists from Homel Andrej Tolchyn, Aliaksandr Protska and Igar Rejzlin lodged a claim to United Nations Human Rights Committee. They repot about restrictions from the Republic of Belarus of their rights to exercise the freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of information.
All the activists protest against judgments, that restrict their freedom of dissemination of information on Charnobyl NPP accident. Continue reading »

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2009 22/07

Today, the regional court pronounced a judgment in the case of five opposition leaders accused of organizing mass actions under the walls of the Homel regional department of internal affairs. Accused oppositionists did not come to the court hearing in protest against judicial tyranny.
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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 22/03

за решёткойAccording to www.odsgomel.org, a Chernobyl nuclear disaster fighter has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for a BYR 10,000 worth theft (USD 3,5).

Siarhei Paharski was convicted by Homel Chyhunachny Court in 2001. Now he is addressing ‘the President, the ambassador, the Government and the people of the United States’ as well as heads of independent human rights organizations, mass media and businessmen etc. with a request to protect his rights. Continue reading »

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2009 16/03

Конституция‘Our heartiest congratulations on the Constitution Day!’ – this is what many Homel residents heard on 15 March.

The action organized by the Belarusian Pro-Democratic Forces was to mark the day of the Belarusian Constitution. The activists distributed leaflets saying that today Belarus marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the current version of the Constitution. Continue reading »

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2009 13/03

ФемидаAccording to Siarhei Belikau, special investigator of Homel Regional Prosecutor’s Office, the case of the murderers of ‘the arsonist of Pukhavichy’ would soon be brought before Homel Regional Court. The exact date of the proceedings will have been fixed by the end of the month.

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2009 28/02

http://gdb.rferl.org/8E5F30AD-F537-48F7-AE64-2B9EAFA919A3_w203_s.jpgOn 25 february the court of Tsentralny district of Homel Maryna Damnenka fined members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Zmitser Karmazin and Aleh Razhkou 20 basic units (700,000 Br, or USD 245).

Independent journalists have been called responsible for “violation of the rules of holding street rallies”, though they were just collecting information about the rally in support of the native language on February 21, Radio Svaboda informs.

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2009 28/02

ЖуковкийThe coordinator of the organizing committee for creation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party in Homel Kanstantsin Zhukouski, who is serving the punishment in a remand prison, has announced a hunger strike.

As the BelaPAN informs, friends have brought warm clothes to him, however workers of the remand prison refused to take juice packs for K. Zhukouski.

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2009 28/02

According to www.interfax.by, the situation in the village of Pukhavichy (Homel region), famous for its notorious case of ‘the arsonist of Pukhavichy’, is getting tense, since some of the villagers are not pleased with murderers having been set free.

Three residents of the village were prosecuted for the murder of their fellow villager, thought to have been guilty of numerous arsons. Shortly after the suspects were put to prison, President Lukashenka publicly urged the police to release the murderers due to ‘the insignificance of the crime.’

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2009 24/02
Court

Court

Homel Thsentralny Borough Court sentenced Kastus Zhukouski to 7 days of arrest for participating in a Mother Language Day action in downtown Homel. Vasil Takarenka, Marysia Tulzankova and Ales Viartseika were fined BYR 700,000 each. The teenagers were standing in the center of Homel holding posters with the words ‘Mother Tongue’ and a Russian phrase ‘Banned’ across. Their mouths were covered with green and red ribbons.
NB: International Mother Language Day, celebrated annually on February 21, aims to promote the recognition and practice of the world’s mother tongues, particularly minority ones.

Source: spring96.org

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2009 12/02
Leanid Sudalenka

Leanid Sudalenka

‘The difference between our nations is that in your country it is the people who rule, while in our country it is the law that rules.’ (Sir W.Churchill to J.Stalin)

At a special press-conference on 5 February in Minsk, the Prosecutor General Piotr Miklashevich made a shocking statement: ‘The Constitutional Court does not find any violations of the constitutional rights of Belarusian citizens in the compulsory fingerprinting campaign.’

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2009 03/02
UN

UN

Leninski district court of Minsk refused to consider a complaint against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that ignores the UN ruling prescribing the legal rehabilitation of the Civil Initiatives NGO.
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2009 29/01

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Aleh Hulak

The Presidential Administration is establishing a public advisory council on human rights and has invited representatives of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) to join it, Aleh Hulak, leader of the human rights group, reported BelaPAN
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2009 27/01

Uladzimer Siakierka

Uladzimer Siakierka

On 9 January 2009 Uladzimer Siakerka, Chairman of the oppositional Belarusian Party of Communists’ Homel regional office, received a reply from the UN Human Rights Committee.
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