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The UN Human Rights Committee has begun considering complaints about strikes in Belarus

The first complaint concerns the strike at Belaruskali in August 2020, when the strike committee of Belaruskali went on strike and made legitimate demands: to invalidate the election results on August 9, not to put pressure on the workers involved in the strike, and

to make some changes in the working process, says "Belsat" with reference to the human rights organization Respect-Protect-Fulfill.


The UN Human Rights Committee has begun considering complaints about strikes in Belarus
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As a reminder, in September 2020 the Minsk Regional Court found the organization and holding of the strike illegal, and the strikers themselves were subjected to repression. In their complaint, the two strikers claim that the announcement of the strike as illegal and their dismissal were arbitrary, and that the prolonged administrative arrests were torture.


The second complaint concerns the nationwide strike called by Svetlana Tihanovsky in October 2020. Many participants were repressed and dismissed.


In their complaint three dismissed employees of state enterprises and a school worker claim that their dismissal "for truancy" was arbitrary, as it is impossible to organize a strike in Belarus in accordance with the law.

The last and only strike case the Committee heard was in 1986 and found the complaint inadmissible. The registration of complaints is already a precedent. The decisions on them will determine the future world practice in all such cases, human rights activists believe.

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