News on the topic: detention conditions

Bialiatski calls for respect for fundamental rights and freedoms of political prisoner Zhamchuzhny

25.09.2017 Bialiatski calls for respect for fundamental rights and freedoms of political prisoner Zhamchuzhny

Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", has written to the Interior Ministry’s Department of Corrections urging to take immediate measures to ensure that political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny is held in conditions, which would guarantee his personal security and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.

Analytical review of detention conditions and treatement of persons convicted of involvement in peaceful protests in March 2017

31.05.2017 Analytical review of detention conditions and treatement of persons convicted of involvement in peaceful protests in March 2017

The peaceful demonstrators sentenced to administrative detention in Minsk were held in conditions that are contrary to the state’s obligations enshrined in the Constitution and international treaties. Such conditions of detention are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment prohibited by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Interior Ministry disputes moral suffering in prison death case

16.05.2017 Interior Ministry disputes moral suffering in prison death case

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has filed a cassation appeal to the Minsk City Court to challenge an earlier verdict by the Zavodski District Court, which ruled on March 23 that the mother and sister of Ihar Ptsichkin, inmate of Minsk prison No. 1 who died back in August 2013, should receive a total of BYN 30,000 in emotional distress damages.

Human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka fined 460 rubles

26.04.2017 Human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka fined 460 rubles

The Court of Minsk’s Centraĺny district completed today hearing the administrative charges against human rights activist Tatsiana Reviaka.

Prison monitoring report: “We cannot help everyone, but manage to highlight violations in prisons”

22.03.2017 Prison monitoring report: “We cannot help everyone, but manage to highlight violations in prisons”

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" presented yesterday its annual report on the results of monitoring places of detention in Belarus.

More deaths in prison: who is to blame?

24.01.2017 More deaths in prison: who is to blame?

An inmate has died in penal colony No. 13 in the northern town of Hlybokaje, according to the Belarusian Documentation Center. On January 4, Valiantsin Pishchalau, 30, died in an ambulance that was called to take the patient to the hospital. According to the penitentiary’s chief, the prisoner died of “acute cardiovascular failure.”

Imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka faces two more years in prison

12.01.2017 Imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka faces two more years in prison

Human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka, who is serving a sentence in prison in Mahilioŭ, has been formally charged under Part 2 of article 411 of the Criminal Code, ‘malicious disobedience to the correctional institution administration’. If convicted, he may be sentenced an additional term of up to two years.

Prison doctors face charges over fatal incident in Žodzina jail

14.12.2016 Prison doctors face charges over fatal incident in Žodzina jail

The Žodzina city department of the Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the death of Ihar Barbashynski, an inmate of local jail, in September 2016. A notification received by the victim’s mother says that the case was opened under Part 2 of Article 162 of the Criminal Code (improper performance of professional duties by a healthcare practitioner, which negligently caused the death of a patient).

FIDH: Andrei Bandarenka faces extention of his prison term under new criminal charges

30.11.2016 FIDH: Andrei Bandarenka faces extention of his prison term under new criminal charges

FIDH denounces opening of a new case against imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka, previously expert on monitored detention facilities. Even if his sentence in 2014 was not related to his human rights activities, FIDH considers the repeated criminal prosecution as a form of politically motivated pressure for his previous human rights activities and calls for dropping of charges.

Imprisoned human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka faces fresh criminal charges

25.11.2016 Imprisoned human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka faces fresh criminal charges

On November 14, the Mahilioŭ interdistrict department of the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Article 411 of the Criminal Code (“willful disobedience to the correctional institution administration”) against human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka, who is currently serving a 3-year sentence in prison No. 4.

Doctor sentenced to three years over jail death

21.10.2016 Doctor sentenced to three years over jail death

The Court of Maskoŭski district of Minsk has sentenced Aliaksandr Krylou, employee of a jail hospital in Minsk, to three years of imprisonment in a penal settlement, putting an end to the criminal investigation into the death of Ihar Ptsichkin.

Authorities to investigate death in Žodzina jail

20.10.2016 Authorities to investigate death in Žodzina jail

The Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the death of Aleh Bahdanau, an inmate of Žodzina jail No. 8, on 29 January 2016.

Uladzimir Kondrus’s father: “We are shocked. He’s half dead”

10.08.2016 Uladzimir Kondrus’s father: “We are shocked. He’s half dead”

On August 9, the parents of Uladzimir Kondrus, another person charged of involvement in the December 2010 rioting case, were allowed, for the first time in two months, to visit their son at the detention center in Minsk.

Effective complaint? Unavailable for prisoners

05.08.2016 Effective complaint? Unavailable for prisoners

In Belarus, prisoners do not believe in the effectiveness of complaints against the prison authorities. This lack of confidence is reinforced by legislative prerequisites that are analyzed by Pavel Sapelka, expert on penitentiary law. He also describes possible measures that could change the situation.

Viasna calls to end harassment of Andrei Bandarenka and Mikhail Zhamchuzhny in prison

22.07.2016 Viasna calls to end harassment of Andrei Bandarenka and Mikhail Zhamchuzhny in prison

Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", has sent a petition to the Minister of the Interior and the Prosecutor General, urging the officials to put an end to the harassment of human rights defenders Andrei Bandarenka and Mikhail Zhamchuzhny currently serving their sentences in Mahilioŭ and Navasady.

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