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Man taken to psychiatric hospital for visiting Lukashenka's administration

2014 2014-08-07T20:00:56+0300 2014-08-07T20:00:56+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The authorities prefer to explain the desire of citizens to exercise their constitutional rights by “insanity”.


Minsk resident Mikhail Miakhedka went to Lukashenka's administration on August 6 and was taken to a psychiatric hospital from there.


The man wanted the Constitutional Court to check if the courts' practice of implementation of legislation on compensation for withdrawal of plots of land and demolition of common residential property co-owned by citizens complies with the Constitution of Belarus. The presidential administration became an obstacle on his way to the constitutional justice.

The struggle for property and searches for the truth led Mikhail Miakhedka first to hospital (he had a heart stroke). Having recovered a little, though he still has walking difficulties, the man decided to go to the president's administration hoping that the recent amendments to the legislation and the president's intervention could help him defend his rights.


“When Mr. Miakhedka went to the president's administration on August 6 to discuss his complaint, he was caught by special purpose police officers. At first, they offered his relatives to come and take him home. When the relatives arrived, they learned that Miakhedka had been sent to the medical psychiatric centre Navinki for examination. He is held in psychiatric hospital now. We don't have any information from him,” said lawyer Pavel Sapelka.


Human rights defenders say persistent complaints of people sometimes end with a conversation with psychiatrists.


“The state uses psychiatric arguments instead of legal ones. It is easier for them to explain this behaviour of citizens not by their desire to exercise their constitutional rights, but by insanity,” Pavel Sapelka notes. HRC “Viasna” continues attentively watching the situatuion of Mikhail Miakhedka.

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