Hrodna human rights defenders are summonsed to court
The Hrodna human rights defender
Uladzimir Khilmanovich received a summons to the Leninski District
Court of Hrodna. On 5 January he will be tried there for alleged
participation in an unauthorized picket.
On 18 December the human rights defenders Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Raman Yurhel and Viktar Sazonau were questioned at the city police department "Center". Later in the evening of 19 December all of them also received charges under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Violations (participation in an unauthorized picket) there.
The human rights defender Viktar Sazonau has not looked into his postbox yet, but is almost sure that the first new year letter will the the court summons.
Bear in mind that the formal reason for the initiation of the case was the publication of an article about 10 December, the International Human Rights Day, at the web-site of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", where it was said that the Hrodna human rights defenders got photographed outdoors with posters in support of the imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatski.