18 January 2018, Thursday, 4:45

Human rights activist wants compensation for travel restrictions

Harry Pahanyaila, the head of the legal commission of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC), demands the state to compensate for the moral harm for illegal imposing a travel ban on him.

The trial over the claim of the human rights activist began in Minsk's Maskouski district court on January 21, Narodnaya Volya newspaper writes.

The head of the BHC legal commission estimates the moral damage at about 250 euros (which is 3 million Belarusian rubles). The court is expected to pronounce its decision on January 23.

A lot of Belarusian activists were banned from leaving the country in 2012. On March 7, 2012, UCP leader Anatol Lyabedzka and Alyaksandr Dabravolski were not allowed to go to Vilnius. Syarhei Kalyakin and Viktar Karnyaenka couldn't leave the county on March 10. Human rights activist Valyantin Stefanovich, who was going to visit Vilnius with his wife and children, was prohibited to cross the Lithuanian border on March 11. Nasha Niva editor-in-chief Andrei Dynko was taken off the train from Minsk to Vilnius on March 14. Aleh Hulak was forbidden to go abroad on the ground of a lawsuit he had never heard of. BAJ leader Zhanna Litvina, human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka and journalist Mikhail Yanchuk couldn't leave the country.

Before those incidents, head of the department for implementation of legislation and legality of legal acts at the Prosecutor General's Office Pavel Radzivonau said the opposition activists calling to impose sanctions against the Belarusian regime could be forbidden to leave the country.