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Cases of foreign travel restricted Hulak and Liabedzka to be considered on 16 and 17 July

2012 2012-07-09T17:25:34+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The appeal of the head of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Aleh Hulak against the actions of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as a result of which he has been unlawfully put on a list of persons subject to temporary foreign travel restrictions, will be considered at 11 a.m. on 16 July at the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk.

Bear in mind that on 13 March Mr. Hulak was issued with a note, according to which he had been prohibited to leave Belarus since 5 March. A similar note was issued to Hary Pahaniaila, the head of the juridical commission of the BHC, who has been recently excluded from the list. Mr. Pahaniaila became the first person who succeeded in defending his freedom of movement.

As it follows from the note, received by Mr. Hulak, a civil lawsuit against him is pending at court. However, the human rights defender knew nothing about it, and he wasn't informed about his inclusion in the blacklist by any courts. Moreover, no information about this lawsuit against him has been given for the last three months.

Several days after receiving the note Aleh Hulak lodged a lawsuit against the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which unlawfully limited his freedom of movement,

At first, the trial was appointed on 6 April, but then was postponed to an unknown time due to the “business” of the judge. Meanwhile, the legal term for considering such appeals is one month. The Tsentralny Court of Minsk appointed the date of the hearings almost four months after the receipt of the appeal.

A similar lawsuit of the head of the United Civil Party Anatol Liabedzka will be considered on 17 July. Mr. Liabedzka was detained by theBelarusian boarder guards while leaving for Lithuania on 7 March. They stated that he was put on the list of persons subject to foreign travel restrictions.

He also applied to court, and the hearings were also appointed after more than three months, also due to the “great load on the courts”.

Mr. Liabedzka commented: “The authorities are gradually losing their reason. That what is happening cannot be explained neither from the juridical point of view, nor from the position of common sense. This is an open discrimination of citizens for their political views.”

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