21 January 2018, Sunday, 9:24

Maryna Koktysh won a case against Belarus’ authorities


The Belarusian journalist has vindicated her claim in the UN Human Rights Committee.

charter97.org was informed about that by the press-service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

The UN Human Rights Committee had admitted that the rights of Maryna Koktysh had been violated when she was denied accreditation by the “chamber of representatives of the national assembly.”

“The UN Human Rights Committee has come to a conclusion that by this denial of accreditation to the deputy editor-in-chief of “Narodnaya Volya” newspaper Maryna Koktysh, the Belarusian authorities violated Article 19 of the International Pact on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees each person a right for freedom of choice, search and dissemination of information,” the report of the press-service informs.

The Belarusian Association of Journalists has specified that Maryna Koktysh had been deprived of accreditation to the lower chamber of the Belarusian “parliament” in 2008 without explanation of reasons.

“The journalist filed a request about accreditation by the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, but it was denied without explanation of reasons, though she had such an accreditation earlier. After that Maryna Koktysh went to the court several times, but the situation with accreditation of the journalist was not changed,” the BAJ stated.