The Strasbourg Court beware of torture in Belarus

The European Court of Human Rights has warned France against the expulsion of the family home of the Belarusian opposition, for fear of ill-treatment of them in Belarus.

As RIA "News" from Strasbourg, the court decided that, in the present circumstances the return of the plaintiffs in Belarus would be a violation of articles on the prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment.

Belarusian family with three children secretly lives in France. The names of the plaintiffs were not disclosed.

It is reported that the father of the family in 1999 he was detained and beaten by Belarusian law enforcement authorities for the activities of the Belarusian Popular Front, and for taking part in the "Freedom March" in Minsk. Again beat him when he became head of the Mogilev organization opposition party. His son also was active in the opposition and repeatedly arrested.

Since 2002, the plaintiff unsuccessfully seeking political asylum in Germany and Norway. In 2005, the family moved to Strasbourg and asked for asylum. To avoid another expulsion from France, the family and appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which is now stood up for her.

The court's decision comes into force, unless the parties within three months should be converted to refer the case to the Grand Chamber of the Court, which can override the decision.


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