Last week, Gennady Fedynich, the Chairman, and Igor Komlik, the former chief accountant of the independent REP Trade Union, filed appeals against the verdict, announced on August 24, 2018, according to which they were found guilty under Part 2, Article 243, of the Criminal Code of Belarus (large-scale tax evasion).
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An over three-week-long trial of the so-called "REP Trade Union case" ended on August 24: Marina Fyodorova, Judge of the Sovietsky District Court of Minsk, announced the verdict. In his interview to the "Svobodnye Novosti" (Free News), Mikhail Pastukhov, Professor, Honoured Lawyer of Belarus, a former Constitutional Court Judge, shares…
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On September 13, the cassation instance of the Gomel Regional Court reduced by 50% the amount of damage, claimed from Nikolai Minkov, a REP member and a foreman of the DST-2 Road Construction Trust of Gomel. His interests at the Regional Court were defended by Victor Kozlov, a legal inspector…
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Bosses of the Gomel "Almi" store, a unit of the network managed by the Closed Joint-Stock Company (CJSC) "Unifood", refused to dismiss Olga Bondarenko; the young woman tuned for help to the REP Trade Union.
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The Rechitsa District Court has denied the college's claim because of the time limitation: the college had demanded from its graduate to payback the money spent on his training; but the lawsuit was submitted five years after graduation. The court judgement was announced on September 7, 2018.
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Case "Belarus vs. Fedynich and Komlik": Report of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
On August 30, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of the International Human Rights Federation (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), presented its report on monitoring the "trade union case".
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The "Viasna" Human Rights Centre has informed the Special Rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council about the persecutions of civil activists, who on August 24 held a solidarity action with convicted leaders of the independent REP Trade Union, Gennady Fedynich and Igor Komlik.
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On August 27, Veronika Abramovich, Judge of the Sovietsky District Court of Minsk, refused to open a civil case on the complaint of human rights defender Leonid Sudalenko against the actions of Marina Fyodorova, Judge of the same court, who began sentencing trade union leaders in the courtroom able to…
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