Human rights defenders Pay attention to use of torture in Belarus

2010 2010-11-05T20:19:25+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A group of human rights defenders from different Belarusian human rights organizations prepared an alternative report to the UN Committee against Torture. The report concerns the international undertakings of Belarus according to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Kinds of Treatment and Punishment. This is the first alternative report on torture that will be presented to the UN in December and will be considered by the Committee against Torture as early as spring 2011.

’This report is a reaction of the human rights defenders to the fourth periodical report that was presented by Belarus to the UN for the last 10 years and covers many aspects of the law-enforcement activities of the police and the prosecutorial supervision,’ explained the human rights defender Enira Branitskaya.

’Our report contains some objective criticism towards the state with the aim of all-sided covering of the existing problems such as the non-objective investigation of the cases of tortures or improper prison conditions in Belarus. However, we are ready to look for a constructive approach to solving these problems both at the legislative and the law-enforcement level in cooperation with the procuracies, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other state agencies,’ said the human rights defender Siarhei Ustsinau.

Human rights defenders believe that only cooperative actions can help in eradicating the use of torture in Belarus.