Supreme Court upholds refusing court proceedings in Belarusian

2012 2012-12-18T11:15:36+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Baranavichy human rights defender Siarhei Housha received yesterday a letter signed by first deputy chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus A. Fedartsou, which says that there are no grounds for disciplinary proceedings against Judge Petryu of the Court of Baranavichy District and the City of Baranavichy, as well as the chairman of the Court M.A. Kmita. The high official argues that "the law does not provide for the obligation of administering justice in the Belarusian language."

Earlier, we reported that for over 5 months the human rights defender had urged the Court of Baranavichy to issue its rulings of 04.09.2012, 13.09.2012 and 19.10.2012 (order to initiate enforcement proceedings) in the Belarusian language. However, Judges Petryu and Kmita kept sending Siarhei Housha all the court papers in Russian, despite the fact that he was writing and verbally urged the judges to send letters in Belarusian.

“We have a law "On Appeals by the Citizens and Legal Persons" of 18 July 2011. Par. 1 of Art. 18 clearly says that written answers to the written complaints of citizens shall be made in the same language. However, Baranavichy Judges and the officials of the Supreme Court do not seem to want to know the law and keep violating it again and again,” said Siarhei Housha.

The human rights defender is going to continue his fight for proceedings in the Belarusian language.