Elena Maslyukova, a rights defender from Svetlogorsk, will appeal against the court judgement in the case of the ban of a picket in support of the REP Trade Union.
On July 7, she sent her complaint to the panel for civil cases of the Gomel Regional Court against the judgement of the district court, which had found the ban on the picket in support of the REP, imposed by the Svetlogorsk District Executive Committee, to be legitimate, the website of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna” reports.
The Committee explained the ban by the fact that on the same day (June 1), at the same time and in the same place local officials were to hold a family holiday “Mom, Dad and I – a football family” timed to the Children’s Day.
Lyudmila Sedsko, a district judge, disregarded the fact that when Elena applied for a peaceful assembly, the officials’ event had not been even planned yet; therefore, the first applicant’s rule should have been applied.
Leonid Sudalenko, a REP’s lawyer and rights defender, has noted that by June 1 the units of the REP Trade Union applied for holding actions in support of its leaders in Gomel and seven district capitals – none of the applied events were sanctioned by the authorities.
“We’ve stated and have to repeat again: this country’s authorities have actually imposed a taboo on the freedoms of self-expression and peaceful assemblies, although the Constitution assumes this only under the announced state of emergency. They leave us no choice but to write complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee, which we will certainly do in relation to these bans,” Leonid has stated.