Anti-Crisis Meeting Banned In Salihorsk

2016 2016-03-17T12:46:05+0300 2016-03-17T12:46:41+0300 en

Salihorsk authorities banned a crisis meeting in the Belarusian capital of miners, organized by local BCD activist Uladzimir Shyla.

Deputy chairman of Salihorsk district executive committee on ideology Mikalai Maskevich refused to agree upon the rally at the stadium Shakhtior allegedly due to violation of some requirements of the law “On mass events.”

Vladzimir Shyla considers such local authorities’ decision illegal and violating not only his rights, but also the rights of people who were going to participate in planned peaceful assemblies.

"The fact is, that I left a contact telephone number in my application and asked to inform in advance if there were any reasons against carrying out the rally for their timely elimination. Unfortunately, none of those responsible officials called me, and the event was banned unfoundedly. No one has ever explained why we were limited to our rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. I would like to remind that the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, which I have repeatedly addressed to with similar problems, requires the State to promote the right to peaceful assembly, and not to restrict it to such an excessive degree," the BCD activist said.

In the near future Uladzimir Shyla is planning to discuss the expediency of judicial review of Salihorsk district executive committee’s decisions with the local human rights defenders.