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United Nations Rules in Favor of Belarusian Formerly Represented by Maryna Kavaleuskaya

"Belarus Violated Rights of Former Presidential Candidate, UN Experts Find"

United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

The United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled in favor of 2010 Belarusian political candidate Andrei Sannikov, a former client of International Department lawyer Maryna Kavaleuskaya. The Committee found that the Belarusian government violated Mr. Sannikov's human rights, that he was the victim of torture and arbitrary arrest, that he suffered arbitrary deprivations of liberty, privacy, and the right to freedom of expression, and the right to peaceful assembly. Mr. Sannikov was represented by Ms. Kavaleuskaya in Belarus from 2010-2012, before she joined Miller & Chevalier, during his investigation, trial, appeal, period of imprisonment in Belarus, and in his complaint before the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. "The Committee called on Belarus to carry out a prompt, impartial, effective and thorough investigation into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment and initiate criminal proceedings against those responsible," the Committee said in its official press release. "It also directed Belarus to expunge Mr. Sannikov’s criminal record and provide him with adequate compensation. Belarus must also take all steps necessary to prevent similar violations from occurring in the future."