News for 24 Aug 2020

HRDs request UN intervention in Belarus torture reports

24.08.2020 HRDs request UN intervention in Belarus torture reports

The Human Rights Center “Viasna”, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) have written to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to express their grave concern and to call upon intervention in relation to the violent crackdown against peaceful protesters in the aftermath of the presidential elections held on 9 August 2020 in Belarus.

“We were trampled in the police bus.” Survivor stories

24.08.2020 “We were trampled in the police bus.” Survivor stories

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) launched a campaign to document cases of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of protesters on August 9-13. Some testimonies of people who survived torture and violence will be published on our website as evidence of crimes committed by security forces.

BAJ demands to unblock websites, stop pressure on media, and ensure release of publications

24.08.2020 BAJ demands to unblock websites, stop pressure on media, and ensure release of publications

On Friday evening it was reported that the Ministry of Information had restricted access of Belarusian users to websites of a large number of media and political movements. Most well-known of them are Radio Svaboda, Belsat TV, Euroradio, Solidarity newspaper, Udf.by, The Village, By.tribuna.com, Vitebsk Courier, People's News of Vitebsk, Masheka.by, and the website of the Human rights center Viasna.

Two members of coordination council detained in Minsk

24.08.2020 Two members of coordination council detained in Minsk

Volha Kavalkova and Siarhei Dyleuski, members of the opposition Coordination Council, have been detained by riot police outside Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), according to eyewitnesses.

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