Human rights defenders informed the United Nations about arbitrary detentions ahead of Ice Hockey World Championship - 2014

2014 2014-05-05T13:50:46+0300 2014-05-05T14:43:51+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Human Rights Center “Viasna” has informed the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention about the preventive detentions of Belarusian citizens ahead of Ice Hockey World Championship - 2014.

In general, the activists are being detained on purely fabricated, similar grounds such as “disorderly conduct" and “disobedience to the law-enforcement officials”. The courts conduct administrative trial proceedings formalistically, implicitly trust the law-enforcement officials and don’t take account of the evidence provided by the defence. Human rights organizations have repeatedly qualified such detentions as groundless and politically motivated. As of 4 May Zmicer Dashkevich, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, Yury Rubtsou, Leanid Smouzh, Mikalai Kolas, Dzianis Karnou, Aliaksandr Kurbatski, Aliaksandr Stukin, Valeryi Tamilin and Uladzimir Novikau have been sentenced to long-term arrests.