Peaceful assembly

The right to freedom of peaceful assembly continues to be violated in Belarus, as human rights defenders, journalists, members of trade unions, etc., are repeatedly prohibited from gathering. Most peaceful demonstrations that take place are repressed by law enforcement officials, and demonstrators are subjected to arrests and judicial harassment.

Please see the below articles on the situation of peaceful assembly in Belarus:

Candidates Illia Dabratvor and Anatol Zhylko get detained near the detention center in Akrestsin Street

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March 14, Minsk police detained a candidate of the Belarusian Popular Front for the local councils, Illia Dabratvor, and a candidate of the United Civil Party, Anatol Zhylko, near the detention center in Akrestsin Street, where they were meeting ex-political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich and Yauhen Tsikhanau, who were released after serving 12-day arrest terms for an action of protest against the Russian intervention in the Ukraine.

The police saw in Dabratvor’s car informational leaflets for voters, whose production is provided for by the electoral legislation. The both candidates were taken to the Maskouski District Police Department, but were soon released. However, the leaflets weren’t returned to the candidate – the police stated they would examine them on Monday.

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Brutal dispersal of protest event in support of Ukraine in Minsk

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On March 2, activists of various civil society movements tried to hold a protest action near the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Minsk. They were met by paddy wagons and policemen, most of whom were dressed in civvies. The “men in civvies” acted violently: they didn’t even let the protesters unfurl any posters and streamers. More than 25 people were detained at once, including passers-by.

According to information of human rights defenders, among the detainees there are a “Nasha Niva” correspondent Iryna Arekhouskaya, journalists Siarhei Hapon, Uladzimir Hrydzin, Artsiom Liava, Vital Siamashka, Ina Studzinskaya and Yauhen Yerchak, as well as socio-political activists Auhinnia Bahinskaya, Zmitser Dashkevich, Viktar Dudko, Liudmila Karavianskaya, Yana Kazakova, Henadz Lutsenka, Stani...

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Human rights defender Uladzimir Labkovich punished with a fine on the fourth attempt

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On 8 October the administrative case of the member of the Council of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Uladzimir Labkovich was finally reviewed by the Savetski District Court of Minsk.

The human rights defender appealed the ruling of Judge of the Savetski District Court of 6 August, according to which he was punished with a fine under part 1 of Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (“violation of the rules for organizing and holding mass events”). The Minsk City Court reversed the verdict and returned the case to the Savetski District Court for review by another judge.

On the fourth attempt Judge Eduard Yakubouski, having questioned as witness the police officer Smaliak (who had detained Mr...

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Minsk City Court doesn’t grant Uladzimir Labkovich’s appeal

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Minsk City Court dismissed the cassation appeal of the human rights activist Uladzimir Labkovich against the fine of 3 million rubles, imposed on him by the Savetski District Court of Minsk. his conviction by a court of the Soviet district of Minsk 3,000,000 rubles fine.

In their appeals the members of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Uladzimir Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka tried to prove that the Law “On Mass Events” contradicts the Constitution and restricts the rights established in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The court didn’t grant the appeal of Tatsiana Reviaka on 27 August. A similar decision was taken concerning Uladzimir Labkovich. The rulings for the punishment of the human rights defenders were left in force.

Bear in mind that on 5 August Ul...

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Minsk City Court rejects appeal by Tatsiana Reviaka

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The Minsk City Court considered today an appeal by human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka lodged to contest a three million rubles fine handed down on her on August 6. As a result, Judge Aliaksei Bychko upheld the decision of Savetski District Court, dismissing the complaint.

Tatsiana Reviaka says she did not hope the court ruling would be cancelled, however, she took the opportunity to once again demonstrate the absurdity of the sentence. The human rights defender views today’s consideration of her appeal by the Minsk City Court as another step towards submitting a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee.

In her appeal, Tatsiana Reviaka stressed that the Law “On Mass Events” runs counter to the Constitution and restricts the rights prescribed by the International Covenant on Civil a...

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The Observatory: Sentencing of Uladzimir Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka

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URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

August 6, 2013

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of Mr. Uladzimir Labkovich and Ms. Tatsiana Reviaka, members of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) ‘Viasna’, after they took part in a solidarity action in Minsk on August 5, 2013 to mark the second anniversary of the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Ales Bialiatski, President of the HRC ‘Viasna’ and FIDH Vice-President.

According to the information received, on August 6, 2013, M...

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Human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka detained at action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski

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Yesterday, 4 August, marked the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski.

Solidarity actions were held all over Belarus. Round tables, pickets and public discussions on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society and Human Rights Movement of Belarus, were held abroad – in Kyiv, Vilnius, Moscow and other cities.

On 5 August an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski was held by Minsk human rights defenders. They handed out postcards with his portrait near the department store “TsUM”.

At 12.20 a.m. the police detained human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka and guarded them to the Savetski District Police Department. The detainees were given charges under Article 23...

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Detentions after solidarity action in Mahiliou

Social activist Dyiana Yakauleva was detained by the riot police and guarded to the police station in Krylenka Street. Human rights defenders Barys Bukhel and Aliaksei Kolchyn are trying to clear the circumstances of the detention.

At 11.30-12.30 a.m. a solidarity action, timed to the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus, was held in Mahiliou. During the action, social activists handed out postcards with a portrait of the imprisoned head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.

As stated by Mr. Kolchyn, the action went peacefully, but after its end Dyiana Yakauleva was detained by the riot police.

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In Belarus, pickets in support of Ales Bialiatski are still banned

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Human rights activist Siarhei Housha and social activist Viktar Syrytsa received a letter signed by the deputy chairman of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee, Dz. Kastsiukevich. They were informed that the executive committee doesn’t permit holding an informational picket on 4 August 2013 in support of the imprisoned human rigths activist Ales Bialiatski, who has spent two years in prison already.

The official believes that the applicants have violated the decision of the Baranavichy CEC of 16 June 2009 No. 1497, “On the order of holding public events in Baranavichy”, according to which Lenin Street is not a place for public events.

Previously, we reported that the information event was planned in order to draw public attention to the problem of political prisoners in our...

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Homel authorities ban march in support of Ales Bialiatski

The march in support of Ales Bialiatski was banned by Homel executive authorities, since the procession route covers an underground passage and the building of the executive committee.

Homel city executive committee considered the application of local pro-democratic activists and human rights defenders Yury Varonezhtsau, Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka asking for permission to hold a street procession and banned the mass event. A street demonstration to protest the criminal prosecution of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners was expected to be held in Homel on August 4.

Strangely enough, the city authorities did not even ruled on the matter, as required by law, but replied with a message entitled “On consideration of the application for a mass event...

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