View Adopted: 2019.03.29
The author is a Belarusian national, whom claims Belarus violated his rights under article 7 of the Covenant due to his treatment by police for exercising his right to freedom of assembly.
On 22 June 2011, the author was monitoring a peaceful protest in Minsk as an observer, where he was arrested by two men in black uniforms. The author alleges he was forced to lie down on the floor, and kicked and beaten by the men in black uniforms, recieving at least 5 blows to his face. The author was transferred to a police facility where fingerprints were taken, and released around 10pm that same day.
The Committee were of the view that the facts disclose a violation by the State party of Mr. Petrovets’ rights under article 7, read alone and in conjunction with article 2 (3), of the Covenant, as well as a violation of article 1 of the Optional Protocol to the Covenant.
Pursuant to article 2(3) (a) of the Covenant, the State party is under an obligation to provide the authors with an effective remedy, including full reparation to the individual whose Covenant rights have been violated.
Accordingly, the State party is obligated to:
The Committee noted Belarus must take all required measures and update the Committee on progress made within 180 days, or 29 September 2019.