Youth activist Azarka faces civil charges

2010 2010-08-02T17:26:47+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Nastassia Azarka, head of ‘Young Belarus’ Niasvizh office, will stand trial for violating residential care regulations. On 30 July she was summoned to Niasvizh town police department and officially charged under Article 23.14 of the Civil Code.

Ms. Azarka was detained on 27 July as she was hanging out a white-red-white flag in honour of the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarus’ independence.

The ‘Young Belarus’ leader Artur Finkevich says this is the first time an activist faces charges under Article 23.14.

-          As it turns out, she was ‘littering’ the town by hanging out white-red-white flags, says Mr. Finkevich in an interview with Radio Racyja.

According to Artur Finkevich, Ms. Azarka will stand trial next week and may face a fine of up to BYR 700,000.