Navapolatsk: police detain participants of action against death penalty

2009 2009-10-12T22:34:14+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Navapolatsk police detained the human rights defender Zmitser Salauyou and the youth activsits Alina Kucharenka and Yury Palonski during an informational action dated to the Universal Day against the Death Penalty within the framework of the campaign Human Rights Defenders against Death Penalty in Belarus.

The civil activists were handing out informational materials – postcards of the international human rights organization ‘Amnesty International’ and a special issue of the Nasha Prava bulletin.

‘During the detention the police lieutenant Ramzayeu demanded that we spoke Russian, as he allegedly did not understand Belarusian. When a drunken man came up and started insulting us, the policeman did not even make a remark about his behavior,’ Z.Salauyou told.

The police officers tried to make the detainees give explanations concerning the materials they were distributing. The activists were released in an hour without being given any charges.