Liavontsi Chapurnykh applies to UN Human Rights Committee
Liavontsi Chapurnykh, a member of the Belarusian
Leftist Party "Fair World", filed an individual communication with
the UN Human Rights Committee. He asks the committee to consider the 5-day
arrest to which he was sentenced for the distribution of invitations to a
People's Assembly, as a violation of his rights.
According to human rights defender and lawyer Uladzimir Malei who prepared the communication, the state violated the rights of the applicant, provided by point 5 of Article 14 and point 2 of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Bear in mind that Mr. Chapurnykh had been detained by the police while throwing the invitations to the People's Assembly into postboxes, and sentenced to 5 days of arrest. After his release he was denied the right to appeal the sentence, with reference to the expiry of the legal 5-day appeal term (during which he was kept in custody).
In the photo: Liavontsi Chapurnykh (on the left) and Uladzimir Malei (on the right).