Vitsebskers continue complaining to UN Human Rights Committee

2013 2013-02-04T17:19:17+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Tatsiana Seviarynets

Tatsiana Seviarynets

The United Nations Human Rights Committee registered a complaint of the Vitsebsk coordinator of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Tatsiana Seviarynets. The reason for the appeal to the HRC became the verdict of the Kastrychnitski District Court of Vitsebsk, issued 1.5 years ago, according to which she had been found guilty of violating the law on mass events and sentenced to a fine.

The matter is that in summer 2011 there was series of "silent protest" actions held by "Revolution through Social Networks". One of such actions took place on 3 July, the official Independence Day, in Vitsebsk. More than a hundred of citizens went along the central streets, clapping their hands, Tatsiana Seviarynets among them. After this, a joint prayer for Belarus was held. A week after it the judge Yauhen Birukou found Tatsiana Seviarynets guilty of organizing an unauthorized street rally and sentenced her to a fine.

According to Mrs. Seviarynets, Birukou's verdict is groundless, as far as there was no organized street rally which would require an official permission. None of the people who headed for the prayer walked on the carriage way, held any flags, posters or other agitation materials. At the same time, no laws prohibit walking on the pavements, clapping and praying.

Tatsiana Seviarynets appealed the verdict at higher courts. However, neither the Vitsebsk Region Court, nor the Supreme Court considered her arguments. As a result, she had to apply to the Human Rights Committee.