12 December 2019, Thursday, 17:47
The Wait Is Nearly Over

Maryja Tarasenka: ‘Parasite’ Decree Has No Place In Our Country

Maryja Tarasenka: ‘Parasite’ Decree Has No Place In Our Country

The activist spoke about the strategic goal of the campaign against the Decree #3.

The judicial marathon of Homel activist Maryja Tarasenka ended in banning peaceful protests in 24 districts of the Homel region against the so-called parasite decree # 3. Not a single court in the region has taken the woman’s side, the Homel Spring writes.

According to the activist, the court decisions have already been appealed, which means that there will be more meetings in the regional court. It is planned to bring each of the 24 bans of peaceful protests to the Supreme Court.

The strategic goal of our action is the complete abolition of the infamous Decree #3. We will go through all domestic remedies, involving as many people as possible in this problem. I said and repeat once again - the decree that interferes with the privacy of people, divides them into categories, forces them to work and puts people in inequality before the law has no place in our state,” the Homel woman states.


As an example of the absurdity of decisions made by officials, Maryja Tarasenka quotes the decision on public events in the Homel region, according to which events in the region are allowed to be held only in one village - near a rural club in the agro-town of Tserashkovichy.

“In court, Natallia Panina, head of the legal sector of the Homel district executive committee, went even further, saying that even in Tserashkovichy, the streets are not suitable for processions, since, according to her, there are no sidewalks here. What is this if not absurd? Why do residents, say, of the agro-town of Babovichy, have to go to another locality of the district to participate in a peaceful assembly? After all, it was not us who made this decision, which deprived about 70 thousand rural residents of the right to march and demonstrate, ” Maryja Tarasenka is perplexed.

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka stresses the importance of the initiative pursued by Ms. Tarasenka. He recalled how, in Brahin, the officials, together with the judge, measured the distance from the pavement to the courthouse with a tape measure. And this is only because the law stipulates the prohibition to approach to the buildings of state institutions at a distance of less than 50 meters during peaceful assemblies. Or, for example, in Kalinkavichy, the officials set up two venues in the city for public events, but they forgot to explain how to hold street processions and demonstrations, which primarily involve the movement of people.


“The work that this fragile-looking woman is doing today has not yet been appreciated. After reviewing all 24 refusal decisions of the courts of first instance, I state, Maryja Tarasenka is reforming the judicial system. And not only that, it reveals the whole absurdity of decisions about public events on the ground. The officials, and after them, the judges are forced to respond, look for answers to the questions we raised,” the human rights activist said.

On July 18, at 11.30 am, the judicial board of the Homel Regional Court (Kirau Street, 11) will consider the first appeal of Maryja Tarasenka against the decision of the Dobrush district court refusing to satisfy her complaint related to the ban of the street procession against the parasite decree #3 in Dobrush.

Important to note, the meetings of judicial boards are open.