Activist to Be Tried for Demanding Customs Declaration Blank in Belarusian

2007 2007-08-21T23:08:09+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 30 August in Homel a trial of a public activist Siarhei Siamionau will take place. Siamionau is charged with refusal to fill in a customs declaration, which is considered as ‘disobedience to legal demands of a customs officer’. 

Several days ago Siamionau was returning to Belarus from the Ukraine. At Tserukha crossing point the customs officers demanded from him to fill a declaration. Siarhei answered that he could give the information orally. Then they showed to him a ruling according to which he had to fill in the declaration on demand of customs officers. As a result of a short talk the customs officers composed on him a report for ‘disobedience to their legal demands’. However, the activist did not refuse to fill in the declaration. He agreed to do it in the case they brought to him a blank in Belarusian, the first state language.