Communication concerning torture of Andrei Sannikau filed with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

2012 2012-01-30T17:15:26+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A complaint about torture of Belarusian presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau has been submitted to the UN special rapporteur on torture.

According to Aliaksandr Atroshchankau, the spokesman for the presidential candidate, this is an urgent appeal on the grounds of suspicion of using torture that demands immediate interference.

The important ground for the appeal was the fact of incommunicado detention (without giving access to lawyers, doctors and family), which facilitate the perpetration of torture.

“The advantage of this kind of appeal is that you don’t need to go through all mechanism inside the country, national courts and law enforcement bodies, which are interested in hiding facts of torture in our country,” Aliaksandr Atroshchankau said.