Minsk State Executive Committee Doesn’t Think Journalist’s Rights Were Violated in Detention Center
Minsk State Executive Committee did not find any violations of journalists' rights during their detention in the confinement cell in Akrestsin Street. It was said in a letter received by BAJ and signed by A. Naidzenka. The letter was sent in response to the complaint of BAJ.
‘The arguments listed in the complaint are ungrounded’, is said in the letter. Naidzenka claimed that the police detained people only if they had all the necessary documents allowing them to do it. He also said that the relatives of the detained had been informed about everything in time. ‘The detained were given good food, beds, newspapers and magazines. They could wear their own clothes and take all the necessary medicine’.
Let us remind you that on March 24 the Belarusian Association of Journalists submitted a claim to the Head of the detention center in Minsk, the Head of Minsk City Department of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor of Minsk Among other, BAJ urged the officials: to stop violating the rights of journalists, kept behind the bars in the detention center of Minsk; to inform a.s.a.p. the detained journalists' relatives about the location of their arrested family members; to pass food and warm clothes from the relatives to the arrested people; to sue the officials, who are responsible for breaking the arrested people's rights etc. BAJ is drawing the officials' attention to the numerous facts of legal abuse in the process of detaining journalists and common people during the recent protest actions.
No response has been received from the head of the confinement cell in Akrestsin Street yet.
The BAJ Press Service