Belarusian Authorities harass the Helsinki Committee despite court ruling
In its case on 23 June 2004, the Minsk Economic Court judged in favour of the BHC against the Taxes and Dues Ministry Inspection of the Moscow district of the capital Minsk, which claimed that the Committee was responsible for taxes on funds received under the TACIS programme.
Despite this final decision and the fact that this matter is res judicata, on 14 October 2005 the BHC has received a copy of a protest against the court decision prepared by the first deputy chair of the Supreme Economic Court (SEC), Eugene Smirnou. In this document Mr. Smirnou insists that BHC return to the state budget a sum of around 70,000 EURO. Should the SEC Presidium satisfy Mr. Smirnou’s protest, it is feared that the prosecutor will renew the closed case, threatening again BHC officials with prison and confiscation of property.
The IHF and BHC consider the actions of the first deputy chair of the SEC to be contrary to the rule of law and to be politically motivated, directed to liquidation of the human rights organization, which reports about the wide-spread human rights violations and undertakes monitoring of election campaigns in Belarus. We appeal to you to do all in your power to help stop the ongoing harassment of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and to support them in their efforts to restore human rights and the rule of law in Belarus.
IHF Press release--