Salihorsk prosecuting authorities refuse to protect freedom of assembly

2012 2012-02-22T16:07:34+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Salihorsk district prosecutor’s office dismissed without a hearing a claim by local pro-democratic activist Uladzimir Shyla against groundless picket bans imposed by the district executive committee.

Prosecutor Belchyn recommended the activist to appeal the bans in court, referring to Art. 7 of the Mass Events Code.

“Right, the law provides for appealing a ban in court, but this does not mean that prosecuting authorities can refuse to initiate a legal investigation into alleged violations by a government body”, says Mr. Shyla.