Lida: court turns down Andrei Charnavusau's appeal

2012 2012-06-11T17:17:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 8 June the Lida District Court considered the appeal of Andrei Charnavusau against a ruling of the draft board, by which he was denied the right to choose alternative civilian service instead of military service. The case was considered by Judge Yermakovich. The interests of the draft board were represented by three members of the commission including its chairman.

The trial lasted for about 90 minutes. A special emphasis was made on the young man's convictions. Eventually, the court turned down his appeal, referring to absence of the mechanism of realization of alternative civilian service in Belarus. In his comments at the website "Alternative Civilian Service" Andrei stated his intention to appeal the verdict to the Hrodna Region Court.