News on the topic: torture

HRDs to present alternative report at 63rd session of the UN Committee against Torture

25.04.2018 HRDs to present alternative report at 63rd session of the UN Committee against Torture

On 27 April, the Republic of Belarus will present its report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment at the 63rd session of the UN Committee against Torture. Since the ratification of the Convention in 1987, the country has reported to the Committee for five times.

Government could demonstrate will for change in fight against torture

23.04.2018 Government could demonstrate will for change in fight against torture

On April 20, Pavel Sapelka, lawyer of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", and Aleh Hulak, chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, took part in the expert-level consultations entitled “The practice of interaction with human rights treaty bodies.”

Human rights activists present alternative report on torture

07.04.2018 Human rights activists present alternative report on torture

On April 5, a human rights coalition presented its alternative report on the implementation by Belarus of the UN Convention against Torture.

Sakharov Freedom Award goes to anti-torture fighters in Russia

10.11.2017 Sakharov Freedom Award goes to anti-torture fighters in Russia

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s Sakharov Freedom Award 2017 is awarded to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta and the organization Committee against Torture.

UN HRC Accepts Complaint on Deadly Torture over Prisoner

27.06.2017 UN HRC Accepts Complaint on Deadly Torture over Prisoner

Mother of Aliaksandr Akulich, an administrative detainee who died on March 26, 2012 in Svetlahorsk temporary detention facility, has reported to Viasna that on June 12 the UN Human Rights Committee registered the individual complaint on violation of her son’s rights, the document number 2987/2017.

HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

07.06.2017 HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights organizations

Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

03.03.2017 Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today reiterated his call to abolish the death penalty as it raises serious issues in relation to the dignity and rights of all human beings, including the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Amnesty International: Aleksandr Lapshin's extradition to Azerbaijan is breach of Belarus's international obligations

15.02.2017 Amnesty International: Aleksandr Lapshin's extradition to Azerbaijan is breach of Belarus's international obligations

Following his extradition to Azerbaijan, blogger Aleksandr Lapshin is "at risk of torture and other ill-treatment as well as an unfair trial," Amnesty International said in a statement.

FIDH and OMCT call for urgent measures to protect Russian prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin

04.11.2016 FIDH and OMCT call for urgent measures to protect Russian prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin

"Sentenced to three years in 2015 for merely expressing his opinion on relevant political issues, Ildar Dadin must be immediately released and rehabilitated," FIDH said today in a joint press-release by FIDH, its member organisation Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).

Human Rights Watch urges Belarus to free Turkmen dissident

22.08.2016 Human Rights Watch urges Belarus to free Turkmen dissident

Belarusian authorities are holding a former journalist from Turkmenistan on an extradition request by the Turkmen government, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. They should immediately release the former journalist, Chary Annamuradov, and under no circumstances extradite or otherwise return him to Turkmenistan, where he would face torture and ill-treatment in custody.

Prison doctor to stand trial over fatal neglect

15.07.2016 Prison doctor to stand trial over fatal neglect

The Prosecutor General's Office has completed the investigation into the death of Ihar Ptsichkin in jail No. 1 of Minsk in August 2014. According to latest information, the criminal case against paramedic Aliaksandr Krylou will soon reach the court.

Freelance journalists appeal violent detention in Lojeŭ

23.06.2016 Freelance journalists appeal violent detention in Lojeŭ

Freelance journalists Kanstantsin Zhukouski and Aliaksei Atroshchankau, who were detained on June 21 in the town of Lojeŭ, Homieĺ region, have written to the Investigation Committee asking the authorities to investigate their brutal detention by the police officers. The reporters say they were beaten after the arrest.

Viciebsk police go unpunished in beating case

23.03.2016 Viciebsk police go unpunished in beating case

The Viciebsk city office of the Investigative Committee has refused to open a criminal case to investigate the beating of Pavel Rasliakou. According to him, he was badly beaten by employees of the Kastryčnicki district police department on 1 September 2015.

Man in Ivacevičy complains about police-related violence

28.01.2016 Man in Ivacevičy complains about police-related violence

Siarhei Dyliuk, 57, has been reportedly beaten by police officers during interrogation at the Ivacevičy department of internal affairs on January 23. According to him, he was forced to sign a confession to stealing his neighbor’s TV tuner, as he feared the police officers could kill him.

Vitebsk Investigative Committee Dismissed Allegations of Beating by Police Officer

20.01.2016 Vitebsk Investigative Committee Dismissed Allegations of Beating by Police Officer

A student of the veterinary academy from Vitebsk Pavel Rasliakou appealed for help to the HRC Viasna: the student was beaten by investigators of the department of the interior of the Kastrychnitski district administration in the process of questioning about a case of theft. An official inquiry into his complaint failed to establish the facts he outlined and dismissed the demand to initiate a criminal case.

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