Svislach activists submit complaints to UN Human Rights Committee
Viktar Dzesiatsik and Anatol Valiuk, civil society activists from the town of Svislach, Hrodna region, have submitted complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee to demand unbiased consideration of their cases ignored by Belarusian courts.
The complaints have been submitted after Hrodna Regional Court dismissed the activists’ appeals against a ruling by Svislach District Court of 27 November, 2012. Judge Zhanna Salahubik sentenced Anatol Valiuk and Viktar Dzesiatsik, as well as another activist Yury Hlebik, to a fine of 1 mln. rubles each for involvement in a memorial action to mark the anniversary of the 1863 anti-Russian uprising.
Yury Hlebik submitted an appeal against the sentence to the Supreme Court, but has not received a reply yet.
Another local activist fined for taking part in the event – Vital Lopasau – submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee earlier.