Tamara Siarhei considers another summons to Prosecutor's office as a means of intimidation

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Tamara Siarhei

Tamara Siarhei

July 8, human rights activist Tamara Siarhei was once again summoned to the Prosecutor General's Office to the Deputy Head of the Department for the rights and freedoms of citizens, Pavel Yeliseyeu.

The official asked whether the Civil initiative against lawlessness in the courts and the prosecutor's office managed to obtain the official registration, and to which state agencies the initiative had addressed recently. Then Paul Yeliseyeu reminded that on April 23, 2013 Prosecutor General's Office issued Tamara Siarhei an official warning about criminal liability under Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus for organizing unregistered public association.

The human rights activist passed written explanations to Mr. Yeliseyeu and refused to sign the minutes of the conversation. In the explanatory note Mrs. Siarhei pointed that the right to apply to officials, including collectively, is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.

The human rights activist reminded that according to Article 58 of the Basic Law, no one can be forced to carry out duties that are not specified in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and its laws, or renounce their rights.

The woman stressed that, according to Article 59 of the Constitution, the State shall take all available measures to create domestic and international order necessary for the full implementation of the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Republic of Belarus, provided the Constitution; government agencies and officials must take the necessary measures for the implementation and protection of human rights and freedoms, as well as bear responsibility for the actions that violate these rights and freedoms.

Tamara Siarhei considers the summons to the Prosecutor General as an act of intimidation, which should make her give up their constitutional rights and freedoms. Thus, the Prosecutor General's Office, which must ensure compliance with the law, is used by the state to intimidate citizens, said Tamara Siarhei.