Vitsebsk: human rights defenders are required to “confirm their powers”

2011 2011-12-06T17:48:58+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Leanid Svetsik

Leanid Svetsik

However, the head of the ideological department, Aliaksandr Kulikou, sent him a demand to present any documents which confirm their powers, instead of giving an answer.

“By the way, the Belarusian legislation doesn't determine the status of a human rights defender. There are no legal acts which oblige a human rights defender to represent an organization. I passed this proposal as a private individual. I didn't act as a representative of any organization or legal body in this case,” commented Mr. Svetsik.

However, the answer is quite eloquent – it shows well enough that the chief ideologist of the Vitsebsk region has no wish to discuss human rights issues.