24 January 2018, Wednesday, 2:51

Hrodna human rights defenders get summonsed to court


Hrodna human rights defenders Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Viktar Sazonau received summons to the Leninski District Court of Hrodna.

Most probably, this is a reaction to the appeal against actions of the Hrodna City Executive Committee, filed by them and one more human rights defender, Raman Yurhel.

The appeal was filed on 30 August as a reaction to the official response of the executive committee of 1 August, by which the activists were banned to hold an informational picket in support of the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. The applicants believe that the Hrodna City Executive Committee violated their constitutional rights and the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Mass Media”.

By the way, the summons to the court, issued by the court secretary, contain inaccuracies – it is not indicated on which case the citizens are summonsed and in which capacity. Even the surname of the secretary is absent in this document. The writ was issued for 3.30 p.m. on 12 September.