The report of the special reporter about human rights in Belarus is viewed as a threat to the regime of Lukashenka.
The Human Rights Center Viasna was informed about a flagrant violation of rights in Brest with respect to Mr. Andrasiuk:
On 17 January Brest police detained Vasil Andrasiuk as he was sitting on a bench and smoking a cigarette. He was required to show the contents of his bag, as they suspected he might have ammunition or fire-arms inside. Inside the bag there were brochures with a report of the Special Reporter for Belarus of the UN Human Rights Committee Adrian Severin in Belarusian, and resolution 13/2005 (Materials of the 61st session of the UN Human Rights Committee of 12 April 2005).
At the police station Senior Inspector Tsarup made an administrative violation report by terms of Article 172-3 CAO of Belarus for Mr. Andrasiuk and confiscated all of the found materials (447 copies) because they allegedly had no imprint.
Vasil Andrasiuk believes that the actions by the police are illegal, because, first, the brochures have an imprint, and second, the UN Human Rights Committee Resolution is an official international document.
Mr. Andrasiuk sent a special statement to the UN Office in Belarus, where he asks for its representative to attend the session of the administrative committee due at 10 a.m. on 1 February.