Belarus Refuses to Recognize UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.
The Republic of Belarus, which wrongly imprisoned foreign investor Mr. Gennady Mykhailenko for six years, and then expropriated his seamless steel tube factory with no compensation, now refuses to recognize the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights has charged the Belarusian authorities with systematic human rights violations and insufficient cooperation with the international organisation. “Human rights violations in Belarus have a systematic nature,” he said during the session of the United Nations Council on Human Rights.
In response, Foreign Affairs Ministry Dzmitry Mironchyk has claimed that the “only mechanism universally applicable to all states members of the United Nations for the evaluation of the human rights record is the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council.” Belarus passed such a review in 2010 and is taking measures to implement its recommendations, he argued.
Belarus’ KGB arrested our client and forced him to spend 6 years in a hard labor camp, where the foreign investor was even forced by prison guards to listen to the reading of President Lukashenko’s speeches.
Mr. Mykhailenko is suing Belarus for USD 165 million, on the basis of a bilateral investment treaty, a portion of which he intends to donate to organizations fighting for the establishment of the rule of law in Belarus.
– William Kirtley, Partner, Dugué & Kirtley AARPI