Homel human rights defenders appeal ban on picket in support of Bialiatski to Supreme Court

2013 2013-01-24T20:36:43+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny, Leanid Sudalenka and former chairman of the city executive committee Sviatlana Holdade filed a joint complaint to Chairman of the Supreme Court Valiantsin Sukala, urging the high official to overturn the decision by local executive authorities to ban a picket expected to be held on August 4, 2012 as part of a campaign in support of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, www.gomelspring.org reports.

“We were going to stage a picket on 4 August – the day when Ales Bialiatski was arrested. The public event was expected to draw public attention to the problem of all political prisoners, not only Ales Bialiatski, who, we believe, was convicted illegally,” said former Mayor of Homel Sviatlana Holdade.

She noted that the event in support of Ales Bialiatski was planned as a nation-wide action, which was an initiative of human rights defenders. Applications for the pickets were filed in all regional capitals and other cities.