2011 16/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, судовы працэс у Жодзіне

Alaksiej Lapicki, trial in Zhodzina

On 14.10.2011 from 14:30 to 16:45 the second trial on the appeal of human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya was held in Zhodzina court. The appeal was filed on lawless actions (inaction) of the officials from Zhodzina executive committee who made obstacles and prohibition of peaceful mass action planned on 8.22.2011 in support of a prominent human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

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 26/09
HR defender Raman Kislak and Іnga Abramava

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has admitted the violations made against civil activist Inha Abramava at a detention center in Brest.
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2011 22/09
Валер Місьнік, Віцебск

Valer Misnikau, Vitsebsk

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered the complaint submitted by Vitsebsk resident Valer Misnikau against alleged violations of his civil rights by the Belarusian authorities.
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2011 17/09
Жодзіна

Zhodzina town

Zhodzina human right defenders try to reinstate constitutional right to peaceful assembly of citizen’s freedom of expression and information in court. Continue reading »

2011 09/09
Алена Залеская, Віцебск

At the 101st session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee adopted a resolution regarding the appeal of Alena Zaleskaya to the committee. In this appeal Alena, the citizen of Belarus, claimed that the Belarusian authorities violated her rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights signed by Belarus.
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2011 01/09
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Not being able to obtain justice in Belarusian courts, Vitebsk residents are forced to seek help from international organizations. Thus, it became known that the UN Human Rights Committee accepted the complaint of one of the oldest members of the BNF Conservative Christian Party, its Vitebsk branch, – Yan Dzerzhavets. Continue reading »

2011 29/04
Удзельнікі сустрэчы, Харкаў

Round table in Kharkov

By the initiative of the Kharkov Human Rights Group (KhHRG), a round table was held in Kharkov Office of the Public Defender.
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2011 07/03
ААН

UNO

The report was examined concerning violation of freedom of expression, right to fair and independent court, freedom from discrimination and right to be elected and participate in state affairs (Articles 14, p. 1; 19; 25; 26 of the Covenant) Continue reading »

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2011 25/02
Віктар Карняенка, Гомель

Viktar Karniajenka, Homiel

We suggest you to familiarize yourself with judgments of UNO Committee on Human Rights about “Karniayenka vs. Belarus” case (“Public Initiatives”, Homiel, 2004-2006). It is worthwhile noting that the judgments of UNO CHR experts of 2006 we suggest to read about the state’s violations of the right to freedom of peaceful assemblies at the events of liquidation of NGO “Public Initiatives” in Homiel – didn’t get any feedback from Belarusian authorities.

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2010 02/11
ААН

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 24/08
Akrescina, Miensk

Akrescina, Miensk

The issue of receiving food parcels by civil convicts is beyond the mainstream of public consciousness, says human rights activist Siarhei Ustsinau, quoting Stanislau Daniliuk, judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus.
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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 02/08
Мікалай Кулеш, Менск

Мikalai Кulesh, Меnsk

Higher educational officials act as if nothing happened after they have violated Zhodzina Belarusian-speaking teenager’s right to education. It’s been almost a year since Yanka Lapitsky forcedly hasn’t been getting education in the only gymnasium in the region – Gymnasium #1.

But everything looks good on paper. In the official reply of the head of Minsk Education department Mr. Kulesh to the head of TBM (Belarusian Language Association) n.a F.Skaryna Aleh Trusau, Mr. Kulesh even tries to convince Mr. Trusau that Zhodzina problem doesn’t exist. Continue reading »

2010 15/06
Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Human rights activists from Zhodzina submitted a supervisory complaint to the Chairman of Minsk regional court Valery Kraiko pointing out rude procedural violations, negligence of the Constitution and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the case about violation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Zhodzina.
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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 13/03
Там, дзе перамагае ... права?

Zhodzina town court

Cassation complaint registered under 17.02.2010 was filed against the decision of Zhodzina court of 27.01.2010 about Zhodzina executive committee forbidding peaceful picketing on 10.12.2009 on the International Human Rights Day in Zhodzina. Hearing of the case in Minsk regional court was first scheduled on 11.03.2010. Applicant Aliaksiey Lapitsky took notice about it on 01.03.2010. Continue reading »

2010 10/02
Жодзінскі суд

The complainants are going to file an appeal in the case of the protection of the right to peaceful assembly in Zhodzina, following a negative decision by the Acting Chief Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk issued on 27.01.2010. Continue reading »

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2010 07/02
Igar Piatryshenka

Igar Piatryshenka

Homel member of the For Freedom movement Uladzimer Katsora addressed the state bodies with the requirement of the fulfillment of the UN Human Rights Committee decision concerned the reactivation of the Civil Initiatives public association.

One of the appeals was directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is directly responsible for the actions of the Republic of Belarus within the terms of international agreements, works in the field of international legal environment, and creates the image of the Republic in the sphere of international affairs and interstate partnership. Continue reading »

2009 26/09
Салідарнасьць і ўзаемападтрымка

Solidarity and brotherhood

For attention of data exchange participants: HR defenders, lowers and legal experts …

Two additional new subsections are introduced on the legal portal (see table of contents and related links).

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2009 30/07

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Thus, the human rights activists helped people, but who will help the activist?
Vitsebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik has received a reply to his claim lodged with the Constitutional Court of Belarus, saying that having considered the events dating back to 17 July 2009, mentioned in the claim, the Court passed judgment #P-360-2009 ‘On Securing Equal Rights of Citizens in the Labour Sector.’
In its verdict, already registered in the National Register of Legal Acts of the Republic of Belarus, the Constitutional Court accepted the arguments by the human rights activist pertaining to the illegality of the existing discriminative system of employment restrictions, based on age and place of residence Continue reading »

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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 28/04

Мікулін АляксандрOn 27 August 2008 the Electoral Committee of Vitsebsk Electoral District #21 refused to register Aliaksandr Mikulin running for the Parliament. Mr.Mikulin disagreed on the decision, guided by the following reasons:
- Under Article 62-1 of the Belarusian Electoral Code, he applied for registration as a candidate for deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, representing the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) and its local office on the territory of the constituency.
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2009 23/04

lgot1st_twAnton Yasinovich, together with other persons, was engaged in authorized picketing in Navapolatsk. The picket was aimed at expressing protest against the withdrawal of social preferences by the Belarusian Parliament, as well as conducting a written public inquiry on the decision. The results of the inquiry were sent to the President’s administration and local executive bodies.
However, Anton Yasinovich was accused of violating Article 130-137 of the Electoral Code of Belarus and fined BYR 1,085,000.
The court failed to prove that Yasinovich had breached public order, nor was he charged with undermining national security.
Considering the above-mentioned facts, we believe that the Republic of Belarus has violated his right to free reception and exchange of information, as well as the right to public dissemination of his personal opinion.
Anton Yasinovich has exhausted all the domestic judicial remedies and therefore lodged a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee, yet to be considered by the authoritative body.

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2009 21/04

On 30 October 2007, Siarhei Kavalenka took part in a civil funeral procession outside Vitsebsk. The action was devoted to the victims of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930s-1950s and attended by over 30 members of their families.
The memorial action was to take place at the execution and burial spots of the repressed people, in the villages of Paliai, Varony and Koptsi, Vitsebsk district. The activists were going to install a cross and lay flowers on the place of mass executions. However, they were approached by representatives of the police, with Deputy Chair of Vitsebsk District Police Department Major Lilenka at its head, who named the funeral procession an unauthorized picket and suggested stopping it. Continue reading »

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2009 16/04

hitler_stalinOn 30 October 2007, Siarhei Beliazeka took part in a civil funeral procession outside Vitsebsk. The action was devoted to the victims of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930s-1950s and attended by over 30 members of their families.
The memorial action was to take place at the execution and burial spots of the repressed people, in the villages of Paliai, Varony and Koptsi, Vitsebsk district. The activists were going to install a cross and lay flowers on the place of mass executions. However, they were approached by representatives of the police, with Deputy Chair of Vitsebsk District Police Department Major Lilenka at its head, who named the funeral procession an unauthorized picket and suggested stopping it.
Despite the threats, Siarhei Beliazeka, together with his fellow activists, went on with the funeral rites. When the action was over and its participants came back to the bus, Major Lilenka said they all were detained as participants of an unauthorized picket. The activists protested against the arrest, but had to obey the order. Continue reading »

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2009 13/04

Barys Khamaida

Barys Khamaida

Barys Khamaida was detained on 7 July 2007 (birthday of the People’s Poet of Belarus Yanka Kupala) in downtown Vitsebsk as he was holding a poster with the poet’s verse written on it. He was taken to Vitsebsk Chyhunachny Police Department and charged with violating Article 23.34 of the Civil Code (violating procedures of holding mass actions and pickets). On the same day, Mr.Khamaida’s case was considered by Judge Bardziukova of Vitsebsk Chyhunachny Court. As a result of the trial, the activist was fined BYR 310,000. Continue reading »

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2009 12/04

luter-rose_c-1The Commissioner on Religions and Nationalities of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (registration authority) issued a written warning # 02-03/720 to the Religious Association Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Republic of Belarus for violating the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations.
At the same time, the decision by the Commissioner resulted in unfavourable legal consequences for our religious association. Under paragraph 2 Article 37 of the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations, in case the violations are not corrected or occur again within a year, the registration authority has a right to initiate the organization’s judicial dissolution. Moreover, the registration authority has a right to suspend the activities of the religious organization awaiting results of trial. Continue reading »

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2009 11/04

7e4feaa1-588e-4175-898e-bd8598b95a82_w400_sAlena Zaleskaya was detained by the police and taken to Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski police department, where she was charged with violating Article 167-1 of the Belarusian Civil Code (‘violating the procedures of organizing and holding mass actions’). The case was considered by Judge Valiantsina Mikhasiova of Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski Court, who fined the woman BYR 620,000. 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 18/11

Kanstytucyja RB i PRAVAThe last convocation of the Belarus’ Parliament was hesitating too long. It stubbornly kept silent, but as a result… it simply decided to keep it to itself… Thus, violating the acting law of the Republic of Belarus About citizen’s applications, it still has given no answer to the address of Aliaksei Lapitski of 23 December 2007, in which the human rights activist applied to the Parliament of the Republic of Belarus as a subject of legal initiative on the proposal of the Constitutional Court. 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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