Appeal of Vitsebsk activists turned down

2011 2011-10-14T17:59:18+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 14 October Alena Hrabianchuk, Judge of the Chyhunachny District Court of Vitsebsk, turned down the appeal of Aliaksei Haurutsikau, chairman of the electoral headquarters of Mikalai Statkevich during the presidential election in 2010, Khrystafor Zhaliapau, head of the Vitsebsk region organization of the Movement “For Freedom!”, and a member of the Conservative-Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front”, Yan Dziarzhautsau.

The applicants asked the court to give a legal assessment to actions of Yury Maskaliou, the head of the Chyhunachny District Executive Committee of Vitsebsk, who hadn't granted a single application for holding a mass event during the year.

As it follows from the court ruling, Yury Maskaliou had right when refusing to authorize such actions, as he was guided by ruling #881 of the Vitsebsk City Executive Committee concerning the order of filing applications. According to this ruling, the applicants needed to conclude service agreements with the police, the medics and the public utilities before applying for the authorization of an action. The agreements were to be attached to the application.

The applicants also demanded that the judge gave assessment to actions of the heads of these institutions as well, as they repeatedly refused to conclude service agreements without the prior consent of the authorities. As it was found during the trial which started on 13 October, it was found out that there was no need to conclude special agreements with the police and the public utilities, as they would implement their duties anyway.

However, Judge Alena Hrabianchuk didn't consider this issue – she just recommended the applicants to initiate trials on each refusal from each concrete organization.

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