Enforced disappearances of the political opponents of the authority

2014 2014-09-11T16:51:01+0300 2014-09-11T16:51:01+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/aan-sciag.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Individual Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review was prepared by the human rights organization "Belarusian Documentation Center" within the framework of preparation of the alternative report of Belarusian NGOs. These documents on the Republic of Belarus will be considered at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in May-June 2015. 

In the section of the presented document titled "Right to Life" the NGO "Belarusian Documentation Center" describes the issue of the enforced disappearances of political opponents of the Belarusian authorities Yury Zakharanka and Viktar Hanchar, as well as businessman Anatol Krasouski and journalist Dzmitry Zavadski. As reported by BDC, in 2015 there expires the 15-year limitation period for criminal liability for these disappearances, which will allow the authorities to stop the criminal cases, as a result of which the perpetrators of crimes against humanity may go unpunished.