Brest: appeal against actions of the local authorities filed to the Government

2013 2013-09-12T17:34:12+0300 2013-09-12T17:34:12+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

An activist of the civil campaign "Tell the truth!" Ihar Maslouski sent an appeal to the complaint to the Council of Ministers concerning the inaction of the authorities of Brest , who ignored a collective appeal signed by more than 1,100 people.

The signatures were collected as part of
the initiative called "One Thousand and One Pit" that aimed to achieve the repair of roads and improvement of the landscape in the suburb Paudniovy. As stated by Mr. Maslouski, what concerns the repairs of the roads in Rokossovsky and Zhukov Streets, the applicants have no comments: the works continue”. However, in their letter to the authorities the dwellers of the suburb pay attention to the fact that there are no sidewalks in the part of the road which unites these streets, which presents danger to the pedestrian movement, when people have to walk in the busy roadway, where there are a lot of cars. The residents are particularly concerned with the fact that next to the busy highway there is a gymnasium, and this part of the road is a factor of increased risk for the health and life of its pupils.

As it follows from the recevied responce of the
Brest City Executive Committee, making a sidewalk there is “impractical”. This thought is shared by the Brest Regional Executive Committee, to which the citizens applied after receiving such answer from the city executive committee. According to Mr. Maslouski, such approach is very surprising: “About one kilometer of the sidewalk has been already made on the both sides of the area in question – only about 200 meters remain. It is difficult to understand the logic and the professional approach to the design and construction of transport infrastructure in the city."

Haven't received a positive answer to their proposals the initiators of the address applied to the Council of Ministers, in which they state about the violation of Article 9 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On applications of citizens and legal bodies” by the Brest authorities, i.e. a complete, objective and all-sided consideration of the appeal. The appeal contains the request to the government to order the liquidation of the reasons which hinder the construction of the sidewalk between Rokossovsky and Zhukov Streets for the safe movement of pedestrians.