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Drop all charges against Leonid Sudalenka

Human Rights Houses Foundation wrote to the Central District Court in Belarus to appeal to the Court to drop charges against prominent human rights lawyer Leonid Sudalenka, which relate to his participating in and monitoring and reporting on recent peaceful protests. The Court heard his case on 17 March, and delivered a warning to him and charged him fees.

Friday, 17 March 2017, by humanrightshouse.org

In the letter, Human Rights House Foundation extends the appeal to anybody with similar charges as those brought against Leonid Sudalenka.

It oulines that such charges are a result of Belarusian legislation that is in breach of international human rights law, which protects the right to freedom of peaceful assembly as the right to gather publicly or privately and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. The relevant Belarusian legislation de facto bans the right to freedom of peaceful assembly without prior authorisation from the authorites.

Since February 2017, hundreds of people have been protested peacefully in the streets of different cities of Belarus against the Presidential Decree Nr 3 "On preventing social dependency", which imposes a 250 dollars tax on those who work less than half a year and do not register at the country's labour offices

Read the full letter to the Court.

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Letter on Leonid Sudalenka's arrest and trial

Human Rights Houses Foundation wrote to the Central District Court in Belarus to appeal to the Court to drop charges against prominent human rights lawyer Leonid Sudalenka, relating to his participating in and monitoring and reporting on recent peaceful protests.
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