"The Committee has to consider whether the restrictions imposed on the author's right to freedom of expression are justified under any of the criteria set out in article 19, paragraph 3. The Committee observes that, in the present case, the State party has merely argued that the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by article 19, paragraph 2, of the Covenant, may be subject to limitations as provided for by law (article 19, paragraph 3, of the Covenant and article 32 of the Belarus Constitution). "
DocumentUN (CCPR): Communication No. 1604/2007, Zalesskaya v. Belarus, par.10.5
- Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, whether through public speeches or other means.
- Freedom of expression may only be restricted under certain circumstances as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society.
- Freedom of expression should not be limited by the imposition of prior censorship.