UN Tries Belarusian’s Complaint Freedom Of Religion Violation
UN Human Rights Committee accepted a complaint of Valyantsin Baravik, a citizen of Belarus, of violation of the religious freedom on 2 December. He asks to acknowledge the Belarus’s violation of paragraphs 1 and 3 of Art. 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to recommend the authorities to mend the violation and to provide the guarantees for the right for group worship and to to compensate the fine he paid.
Valyantsin Baravik from Shchuchyn was called to adminstrative account by the court of Masty district in the May of 2008 for the creation of a religious organization of Evangelical Christians without a state registration and imposed a fine of 150 USD. The Baravik’s congregation consists of 15 people and cannot be registered by the acting law because registration requires 20 people, forb.by reports.
The Hrodna region court hadn’t change the the decision on 26 June, 2008. The Supreme Court stated on 25 December of 2008 that Baravik’s rights had not been violated. Besides, the court could not give any answer considering the group of 15 believers who want to gather regularily to paray and study the Bible when the law requires 20 people and a n office to register a congregation.
Having all instruments of domestic legal defense depleted Valyantsin Baravik filed a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee.
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