Brest: human rights defenders launch "Stop 1210" campaign
In Brest, human rights defenders held a round table to mark the beginning of the campaign "Stop 1210" aimed at the protection of freedom of peaceful assemblies.
1210 is the number of the ruling of the Brest City Executive Committee which regulates the holding of mass events in the city. According to the representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee in Brest Ihar Maslouski, the provisions of this document contradict to the Belarusian legislation and international legislation and deprive citizens of the opportunity to hold mass events. In particular, the ruling provides that organizers must attach written agreements with police, medics and public utilities to their applications for the authorization of their events, and pay for these services in advance.