Baranavichy authorities ban Human Rights Day picket
On 5 December the civil activist Viktar
Syrytsa and the human rights defender Siarhei Housha received a
letter from the Baranavichy City Executive Committee, signed by the
deputy head Dz. Kastsiukevich.
As it is stated in the letter, the executive committee refuses to authorize the picket they intended to hold on 10 December 2012. The authorities state that the applicants violated Article 5 of the Law off the Republic of Belarus of 30 December 1997 “On Mass Events” in the edition of 08 November 2011, #308-3, and point 4 of the ruling of the Baranavichy CEC #1497 of 16 June 2009 “About the order of holding mass events in the city of Baranavichy”. The city authorities do not explain what was violated and propose them to appeal the decision to the Baranavichy City and District Court in case of disagreement.
“First of all, we wanted to remind our citizens that Belarus has signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and undertook to strictly abide by the international standards of human rights. Secondly, we need to tell about violations of human rights in Belarus and about the fact that the implementation of our constitutional rights depends on the will of state officials nowadays,” pointed Viktar Syrysa.