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HRDs request UN intervention in Belarus torture reports

24.08.2020 HRDs request UN intervention in Belarus torture reports

The Human Rights Center “Viasna”, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) have written to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to express their grave concern and to call upon intervention in relation to the violent crackdown against peaceful protesters in the aftermath of the presidential elections held on 9 August 2020 in Belarus.

“We were trampled in the police bus.” Survivor stories

24.08.2020 “We were trampled in the police bus.” Survivor stories

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) launched a campaign to document cases of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of protesters on August 9-13. Some testimonies of people who survived torture and violence will be published on our website as evidence of crimes committed by security forces.

10 points on torture and ill-treatment reports

20.08.2020 10 points on torture and ill-treatment reports

After thousands peaceful protesters were detained and hundreds were subjected to inhuman treatment on August 9 and in the following days, the Human Rights Center "Viasna" together with the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) began to collect testimonies of victims and document them.

OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

19.08.2020 OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

Following the large-scale arrests of peaceful protestors in Belarus together with disturbing reports of violent physical abuse, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for the immediate release of all those who have been unlawfully detained and a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged human rights abuses.

44 protesters still in detention, 13 missing, one more reported dead

19.08.2020 44 protesters still in detention, 13 missing, one more reported dead

44 people detained during the post-election protests remain in custody, after they were sentenced to short terms of administrative detention, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

A carpet of bodies: one woman’s ordeal in detention in Belarus

18.08.2020 A carpet of bodies: one woman’s ordeal in detention in Belarus

“It’s change you wanted? Here is some change for you! Want some more? Next time you’ll know when to stay home!” This is what police shouted at the men at one of Minsk’s main detention centres, as they beat them mercilessly.

Interior Ministry pledges to release remaining protesters today. Dozens detainees still missing

17.08.2020 Interior Ministry pledges to release remaining protesters today. Dozens detainees still missing

The remaining 122 protesters have been released from the detention centers of Belarus, the bulk of them in Žodzina and Brest, the Interior Ministry’s spokesperson said. The list has been published by the Prosecutor General’s Office. Six persons are still being held as part of “ongoing investigations.”

Viasna insists on criminal charges against security officers amid vast torture evidence

17.08.2020 Viasna insists on criminal charges against security officers amid vast torture evidence

Human rights activists of “Viasna” appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding immediate initiation of a criminal case against law enforcement officers who abused their authority in dispersing peaceful demonstrators.

UN Secretary-General: Allegations of torture must be thoroughly investigated

15.08.2020 UN Secretary-General: Allegations of torture must be thoroughly investigated

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman - on Belarus

Belarusian human rights organizations urge Interior Minister to stop torture and police abuse

14.08.2020 Belarusian human rights organizations urge Interior Minister to stop torture and police abuse

Statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Hundreds of protesters released from prisons. Torture reports mount

14.08.2020 Hundreds of protesters released from prisons. Torture reports mount

Several hundred protesters were released from the three detention centers in Minsk and Žodzina last night, while the exact number of them remains unknown. Many of them were taken away in ambulances immediately after leaving the prisons.

HRDs appeal to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Thematic Special Rapporteurs

13.08.2020 HRDs appeal to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Thematic Special Rapporteurs

Several leading human rights organizations of Belarus have written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as a number of thematic Special Rapporteurs urging them to take urgent measures in response to the human rights crisis in Belarus.

Violence, threats, detentions. Human rights activists complain to UN special rapporteurs

18.06.2020 Violence, threats, detentions. Human rights activists complain to UN special rapporteurs

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and a number of UN thematic rapporteurs asking them to take all appropriate measures to assist in improving the current human rights situation in Belarus and also in securing fair and democratic elections.

Amnesty International: Iranian in Belarus at risk of imminent deportation, faces death penalty in home country

23.07.2018 Amnesty International: Iranian in Belarus at risk of imminent deportation, faces death penalty in home country

Iranian citizen Mehrdad Jamshidian, who suffers from acute ill-health, was detained on 14 June in Belarus. He is at imminent risk of deportation to Iran, where he may be subjected to torture and the death penalty for ‘apostasy’ and murder accusations.

HRDs set to monitor implementation of recommendations by UN Committee against Torture

01.06.2018 HRDs set to monitor implementation of recommendations by UN Committee against Torture

Representatives of a coalition of human rights organizations, which in late April presented an alternative report to the UN Committee against Torture, have commented on the Concluding observations of the Committee following the 63rd session of the Committee.

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