Center for Strategic Litigation submits 29 communications to UN Human Rights Committee within a year

2012 2012-12-28T22:19:31+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Since the beginning of 2012, the Homel-based Center for Strategic Litigation NGO has initiated 28 new strategic lawsuits and submitted 29 communications to the UN Human Rights Committee, 10 of which have already been registered. During 2012, the Committee adopted four decisions on the complaints prepared by the Center, which found violations of certain rights of Belarusian citizens.

According to the Center’s head Leanid Sudalenka, numerous human rights violations have been registered in Homel region during the year. However, it is nearly impossible to restore violated rights in Belarusian courts, especially when civil and political freedoms are concerned. He adds that today, “the Center for Strategic Litigation is working for the future, the work is focused on the future.”

The Center for Strategic Litigation has had several wins during the year. In particular, Tsentralny District Court of Homel dropped administrative charges for disorderly conduct brought against local civic activist Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh due to lack of substantiation of guilt. The activist received legal advice in the Center.

In March 2012, in its opinions on the case of Leanid Sudalenka, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that Belarus had violated Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In 2004, the applicant sought to run for Parliament and the State violated his right to impart information by confiscating leaflets.

The Center for Strategic Litigation issued a manual on legal conflicts in administrative law leading to the practice of violations of the right to liberty and security of person.

In July 2012, the Human Rights Committee adopted a decision on the complaint of the former chairman of the association "Civil Initiatives" Viktar Karniayenka, who contested the confiscation of computers during the presidential election of 2001. According to the decision, the Belarusian government was not only required to return the equipment and cover the costs of litigation, but bring the Presidential decree on foreign aid and its implementation in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The Center for Strategic Litigation is a Homel-based NGO active in the last five years, assisting Belarusian citizens to protect their civil and political rights, both within the country and at international organizations.