News on the topic: torture

HRDs demand investigation into torture and ill-treatment of Mikalai Dziadok and other prisoners

06.07.2021 HRDs demand investigation into torture and ill-treatment of Mikalai Dziadok and other prisoners

In light of the shocking details of torture and ill-treatment by GUBOP officers, voiced by Mikalai Dziadok in court on 1 July 2021, representatives of the Belarusian human rights community urge the General Prosecutor's Office and the Investigative Committee to institute criminal proceedings, identify those responsible for torture and ill-treatment and take measures to hold them responsible.

Viasna's human rights activist spoke about beatings during detention

05.07.2021 Viasna's human rights activist spoke about beatings during detention

Human rights defender and member of the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Zmitser Salaujou is preparing a petition against the officers of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBOP).

Civic Solidarity Platform's anti-torture working group presents its second Index on Torture

29.06.2021 Civic Solidarity Platform's anti-torture working group presents its second Index on Torture

In 2020, the Working Group developed the Index and conducted the first pilot measurement in 8 countries of the OSCE region.

Prisoner swallows “metallic objects” to protest torture

09.06.2021 Prisoner swallows “metallic objects” to protest torture

Artsiom Anishchuk swallowed several metallic objects to avoid “physical and psychological violence” he has been subjected to during his stay at penal colony No. 15 in Mahilioŭ, novychas.by said quoting the inmate’s lawyer, who managed to see his client for the first time since May 13.

Joint statement by 19 states in support of the establishment of the International Accountability Platform for Belarus

24.03.2021 Joint statement by 19 states in support of the establishment of the International Accountability Platform for Belarus

Statement on behalf of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America

HRDs launch International Accountability Platform for Belarus

24.03.2021 HRDs launch International Accountability Platform for Belarus

New international accountability platform will contribute to the efforts aimed at ensuring accountability for serious human rights violations in Belarus

New report exposes denial of justice for victims of torture and police violence

28.01.2021 New report exposes denial of justice for victims of torture and police violence

Authorities in Belarus are using a variety of stratagems to thwart fair investigations into hundreds of complaints of violence and acts of torture by security forces following disputed presidential elections, says a report published today by two human rights groups, the Committee Against Torture (CAT Russia) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).

Impunity for perpetrators of torture reinforces need for international justice

27.01.2021 Impunity for perpetrators of torture reinforces need for international justice

A new report by Amnesty International reveals how the Belarusian authorities have weaponized the justice system to punish victims of torture rather than perpetrators, as part of a widespread and brutal crackdown on dissent in the wake of post-election protests.

BHC and Viasna’s submission to Committee against Torture ahead of Belarus UPR session

26.01.2021 BHC and Viasna’s submission to Committee against Torture ahead of Belarus UPR session

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have prepared a number of issues and questions to be addressed to the government of Belarus during the forthcoming review of its human rights record at the 70th session of the UN Committee against Torture.

"They broke my nose and car because I had a white ribbon." Survivor stories

16.12.2020 "They broke my nose and car because I had a white ribbon." Survivor stories

On the night of August 11-12, 31-year-old Minsk resident Mikalai Bondar was literally dragged from his car by law enforcement officers for a white ribbon on his arm. The traffic and riot policemen smashed his car, beat him, broke his nose, and took him to the detention center.

Amnesty International: Tortured detainee denied medical care

15.12.2020 Amnesty International: Tortured detainee denied medical care

Viachaslau Rahashchuk is a taxi driver from the Belarusian city of Pinsk who was arbitrarily detained in 10 August and remains behind bars. He is in need of urgent medical treatment due to injuries he sustained from being tortured while in detention.

Violent protest dispersion resulted in a broken arm and a night at the detention center. Survivor stories

14.12.2020 Violent protest dispersion resulted in a broken arm and a night at the detention center. Survivor stories

My knee was seriously injured, and in general the right side of my body was just smashed. There was a real psychopath among the riot policemen. When he detained me, he was on my right side, and the other riot policeman was on my left. While my left side was injured, but not critically, my right side was just smashed.

"We felt like we were chickens brought to a cage with tigers." Survivor stories

11.12.2020 "We felt like we were chickens brought to a cage with tigers." Survivor stories

The riot police came out of the road police car. They poked their shotguns into our windows and told us to get out. We did. They put us on our knees and asked, 'Do you want change?' They hit us on the head with batons.

New report on post-election protests presented in Minsk. Full English text

09.12.2020 New report on post-election protests presented in Minsk. Full English text

A coalition of Belarusian human rights defenders presented today a report entitled “Belarus. August 2020: “Justice” for Protesters.” It highlights violations of the standards of a fair trial after tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators protested the rigged presidential election and thousands were detained en masse and were convicted in August 2020.

"Let's take him to the police van, let the guys have fun." Survivor stories

07.12.2020 "Let's take him to the police van, let the guys have fun." Survivor stories

I was quite brutally detained. They immediately grabbed my phone because I was in the middle of a conversation. They said a few words and put me on the ground or my knees, I do not remember that for sure. And then the beatings started.

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