20 January 2018, Saturday, 16:09

Political prisoner Lobau's individual communication filed to UN


Political prisoner Eduard Lobau's individual communication has been sent to the UN Human Rights Committee.

Viasna human rights centre has learnt it from Raisa Mikhailouskaya, the head of Belarusian Documentation Centre.

The individual communication prepared by the lawyers of the Belarusian Documentation Centre was filed to the Human Rights Committee on July 14. The complaint contains evidence of violations by the law enforcement and judicial bodies of Belarus during the detention, arrest and the criminal proceedings against Eduard Lobau.

This is the third complaint of defendants in the so-called case of "mass riot" on December 19, 2010, prepared by BDC lawyers. Before this, appeals were prepared for Fiodar Mirzayanau and ex-presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich (in cooperation with the U.S. law firm Hogan Lovells).

Individual communications can be filed to the UN Human Rights Committee after the exhaustion of all domestic remedies.

The appeals filed by the political prisoner and his lawyer to the judicial board on criminal cases of the Minsk city court were dismissed, and the verdict of the Maskouski district court of Minsk was upheld. The supervisory appeal, filed to the Supreme Court of Belarus, was dismissed as well. In 2013, Eduard Lobau filed a complaint with prosecutor of Minsk S. Khmaruk. Eduard reported evidence of violation of his rights and required the prosecutor to issue a protest against the judgement of the Maskouski district court of Minsk. The prosecutor's office of Minsk forwarded the appeal to the Investigation Committee, which found no violations in Lobau's case and dismissed the appeal.

Young Front activist Eduard Lobau was detained on December 18, 2010, a day before the Belarusian presidential election. On March 24, 2011, judge of Minsk's Maskouski district court Alena Shylko sentenced him to 4 years in a medium security correctional facility. Eduard Lobau was recognised a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Eduard Lobau is held in correctional facility No. 22 in the Brest region.