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September 22nd, 2006. Posted in News from Belarus

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In prisons and colonies of Belarus there will be a public control

According to the leader of Strike Committee of  entrepreneurs, former political prisoner Valery Levaneuski, it is the important step to the termination of infringement of the law in colonies and prisons of Belarus administrations of establishments. One of the basic problems condemned to imprisonment is an absence of publicity of infringements of the law made concerning them from administrations of  correctional facilities.

Unreasonable closeness of system of execution of punishments, rigid suppression of any attempt to appeal against  administration of correctional facilities actions allows to prosper criminality in the colony or prison. Now this veil of closeness will be a little raised and the condemned will have a possibility at least to tell about those infringements of the law which they face daily in colonies. It is necessary because the majority of the people who are in prisons and colonies of Belarus, they are the young men, which fault is not proved (serve time on internal belief of court) or the made insignificant offences from a hopelessness, poverty and unemployment.

The norm of public control is available to the criminally-executive code of Belarus since 1999 and is registered in item 21 of criminally-executive code  from which follows, that:

… «1. On the basis and in an order provided by the legislation, public associations can carry out the control over activity of bodies and the establishments executing punishment and other measures of the criminal liability.

2. Public associations take part in correction of condemned, and also assist in work to bodies and the establishments executing punishment and other measures of the criminal liability.

3. In correction of condemned, and also in realisation of public control over activity of bodies and the establishments executing punishment and other measures of the criminal liability, the observant commissions participate at local executive and administrative bodies, and concerning minors condemned – and the commissions on affairs of minors. The order of activity of the observant commissions and the commissions on affairs of minors is defined by the legislation of Belarus ».

This article of the law was “dead” and was not carried out, since the order of its execution has not been painted. Valery Levaneuski throughout several years corresponded with various state bodies on this question, including, and during departure of two years of punishment in the form of imprisonment for «insults of the President of Belarus».

Correspondence has crowned the first success.

By article 6 of the Law of Belarus from June, 9th, 2006 «About modification and additions in Criminal, Criminally-remedial and Criminally-executive codes of Belarus concerning perfection of an order of execution of punishments and other measures of the criminal liability» it was entrusted to Ministerial council of Belarus to define in three-monthly term the bases and a procedure public associations of the control over activity of bodies and the establishments executing punishment and other measures of the criminal liability.

The ministerial council has executed the given commission 15.09.2006 and has confirmed «Positions about a procedure republican and local public associations of the control over activity of bodies and the establishments executing punishment and other measures of the criminal liability» which text is resulted below.

The former political prisoner considers, that it is a lot of fundamental laws condemned, declared in criminally executive legislation of Belarus, in colonies is not carried out. It occurs because the mechanism of their realisation is not registered in the law (on reception of the information on the rights and duties, on the polite reference from workers of state corrections, on giving of complaints and statements, on correspondence, on health protection, on legal aid reception, on work and reception of worthy wages, on a labour safety, on formation or speciality reception, on a normal food, on maintenance with a ware contentment, on using library and the legal literature, on listening of broadcasts and viewing of telecasts, on a freedom of worship, on observance of sanitary and other norms) and is intended to continue to sound a problem condemned and to make offers on their realisation in the state bodies.

Now in the Government of Belarus  are considered Valery’s  Levaneuski’s offers, connected with a ware contentment and a food condemned and on realisation of the right condemned on giving of complaints by them and statements.

«Problems of infringement of the law and human rights in correctional facilities can be solved, having given to their wide publicity» – the former prisoner of conscience considers.

The Press-service

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Note: Translated by means of machine translation. The original text in Russian is on a site www.levonevsky.org or www.levonevski.net
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