Hrodna human rights defenders appeal against penalties for photos in Internet

2014 2014-04-15T16:39:23+0300 2014-04-15T16:39:23+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Raman Yurhel and Viktar Sazonau

Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Raman Yurhel and Viktar Sazonau

Hrodna human rights defenders Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Viktar Sazonau and Raman Yurhel appealed to the Hrodna Regional Court to challenge the decision of the Leninski District Police Department, by which each of them was fined 25 basic units.

Bear in mind that Judge Natallia Kozel sided with the police while considering the reports of administrative violations and qualified the photos of the human rights defenders with Belarusian and Ukrainian symbols, posted on Freedom Day, March 25, as unauthorized picket.

The human rights defenders blankly disagree with such
interpretation of the legislation. In their applications, they argue that they didn't plan and didn't hold any mass event. The charges are based solely on the photos posted on the Internet. On this basis, Natallia Kozel fined each of the activists 25 basic units.

Viktar Sazonau, Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Raman Yurhel regard such inadequate reaction of the police and court indictment as political persecution.

слухаць Радыё рацыя Міжнародная федэрацыя правоў чалавека Беларуская Інтэрнэт-Бібліятэка КАМУНІКАТ Грамадзкі вэб-архіў ВЫТОКІ Антидискриминационный центр АДЦ 'Мемориал' Беларускі Праўны Партал Межрегиональная правозащитная группа - Воронеж/Черноземье
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Молодежное Правозащитное Движение
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