Tell the Truth activist in Belaaziorsk appeals warning to Supreme Court

2014 2014-07-18T11:46:12+0300 2014-07-18T11:46:12+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Action 193

Action 193

Aliaksandr Kuzmin, a civil society activist from the town of Belaaziorsk, Brest region, has lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court to appeal against a written warning for activities on behalf of an unregistered organization “Tell the Truth”. Earlier, the Brest Regional Court refused to reverse the warning received by the activist in March 2013 from the prosecutor of Biaroza district.

It all started after former chairman of the Belaaziorsk executive committee, Viachaslau Dambrouski, asked in his letter to the Biaroza police department to prosecute Kuzmin for activities on behalf of unregistered organization requested. The police department, however, refused to initiate criminal proceedings saying there were no signs of an organization in public campaigns carried out by “Tell the Truth” supporters. Aliaksandr Kuzmin, together with other Belaaziorsk activists, launched a campaign to improve the living conditions of the town residents: they collected signatures for the repair of roads, house entrances, yard improvements and others.

However, Biaroza District Prosecutor’s Office said the campaign was an unregistered organization and issued a warning under Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code.

Aliaksandr Kuzmin has passed all the judicial and prosecutorial authorities in the Brest region with a view to abolishing warning, but to no avail.