News on the topic: detention conditions

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.

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.

Political prisoner Zhamchuzhny reports harassment in prison

08.07.2016 Political prisoner Zhamchuzhny reports harassment in prison

Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny is facing severe harassment ‘on all fronts’ in penal colony No. 14 near Barysaŭ, according to his recent letters.

Provision of safe conditions for certain categories of prisoners in Belarus

08.07.2016 Provision of safe conditions for certain categories of prisoners in Belarus

It is generally accepted that prisoners, regardless of the nature of their offense, can enjoy all the basic human rights. These include the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Viasna demands respect for procedural rights of Eduard Palchys

14.06.2016 Viasna demands respect for procedural rights of Eduard Palchys

Viasna demands respect for all the procedural safeguards and rights in relation to Eduard Palchys, who is currently held in custody in the detention center in Žodzina. In particular, he should be allowed to see his lawyer and be provided with appropriate conditions of detention and treatment.

No changes in public control over places of detention

13.05.2016 No changes in public control over places of detention

Lawyer of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Pavel Sapelka has analyzed the latest developments in monitoring places of detention in Belarus.

What changes to be introduced in conditions of serving sentences of restriction freedom and imprisonment?

05.05.2016 What changes to be introduced in conditions of serving sentences of restriction freedom and imprisonment?

The National Assembly is preparing to adopt a law "On amendments and additions to the Criminal Executive Code of the Republic of Belarus". Its adoption is expected to draw a line, among other things, under determining the duration of short-term visits provided for prisoners. These changes have been analyzed by Pavel Sapelka, an expert on the prison system and lawyer of the HRC "Viasna".

Human rights activists warn authorities against building concentration camps

14.04.2016 Human rights activists warn authorities against building concentration camps

Activists of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” say they are outraged over the President's recent order to tighten the conditions for convicts serving prison terms on drug-related charges.

Death in Žodzina prison: accident or negligence?

21.03.2016 Death in Žodzina prison: accident or negligence?

Ms. Maryna Bahdanava says her son died as a result of negligence by the doctors of prison No. 8 in the town of Žodzina, Minsk region.

Viasna publishes report on monitoring places of detention in Belarus

02.03.2016 Viasna publishes report on monitoring places of detention in Belarus

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has analyzed the situation in places of detention in Belarus and prepared a report on the results of monitoring in 2015.

Tajik opposition activist released from jail in Belarus

22.02.2016 Tajik opposition activist released from jail in Belarus

Shabnam Hudoydodova, activist of the Group 24 Tajik opposition movement, has been released from jail in Brest, after over eight months of imprisonment.

Creating separate colony with intolerable conditions of detention contrary to fundamental principles of international and national law

18.02.2016 Creating separate colony with intolerable conditions of detention contrary to fundamental principles of international and national law

In accordance with Article 8 of the Criminal Executive Code, which enshrines the foundations of the legal status of convicted persons, the State guarantees the protection of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of convicts, provides the statutory conditions of application of punishments and other measures of criminal responsibility in relation to convicts, guarantees social justice, their social, legal and other protection.

Prisoner attempts to kill self to protest torture

12.01.2016 Prisoner attempts to kill self to protest torture

Yahor Pratasenia, 20, has committed a suicide attempt in the Žodzina jail to protest torture and abuse during the investigation and detention, according to Larysa Zhyhar, representative of the public initiative “Mothers’ Movement 328”.

17.12.2015 Term Of Detention In Remand Prison For Tajik Activist Arrested In Brest Extended

The term of remand prison detention for the activist of the Tajik organisation 24 Group Shabnam Khudoydodova detained in Brest has been extended for 2 months.

Legal proceedings in jail death case deadlocked

07.12.2015 Legal proceedings in jail death case deadlocked

Despite the fact that the judges have overturned a number of decisions by the Svietlahorsk district office of the Investigative Committee, they generally support the investigation in the death of Aliaksandr Akulich, disregarding the undeniable arguments of human rights defenders.

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