Baranavichy court supports ban on Milavidy feast

2013 2013-07-15T17:59:12+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 15 July the proceedings on the appeal of an activist of the civic campaign "Tell the Truth!" Viachaslau Bolbat against the actions of the Baranavichy Distrit Executive Committee continued at the Baranavichy City and District Court.

According to the plaintiff, on 3 and 20 May 2013 the executive committee twice unlafully banned the cultural and educational event "Milavidy feast in the memory of the insurgents of 1863".

Judge Vera Uhlik stated that the the Baranavichy District Executive Committee issued the ban lawfully and dismissed the appeal of Mr. Bolbat.

During the pleadings Viachaslau Bolbat reiterated that the organizers of the cultural festival fulfilled all legal requirements, and the executive committee did everything possible to cancel their planned holiday near the Milavidy monuments and prevent the democratic activists from holding the cultural festival dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the uprising of 1863. He asked the court to invalidate the decision of the Baranavichy District Executive Committee of 20 May 2013 by which it was prohibited to hold the feast on 9 June 2013.

The deputy head of the department of ideology, cultural and youth affairs Dzmitry Varvashenia insisted that the applicants violated Article 5 of the Law "On Mass Events in the Republic of Belarus, having not entered into contracts with the district police, health center and housing utilities.

"It's quite strange. Why should we sign new contracts when we sent a letter to the executive committee with the request to transfer the event from 2 June to 9 June. The content and the form of the event didn't change. The new application was considered and signed by the same official. We had to run around all these officials for a month to enter into agreements with the police, health center and housing. They probably want us to spend another month like this, sinking in this bureaucratic procrastination, instead of creative work," commented Mr. Bolbat.