Vitsebsk: Alena Semenchukova complains about incarceration conditions

2012 2012-07-09T17:28:48+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Vitsebsk activist of the “European Belarus” lodged an appeal to the Vitsebk Region Procuracy concerning the inappropriate conditions in the temporary detention facility in Vitsebsk. Alena Semenchukova demands that the procuracy require the MIA board of the Vitsebsk Region Executive Committee to improve the situation.

The girl was put in custody for the night of 29-30 June.

“There are no sleeping berths in the cell, or any furniture at all. The administration of the temporary isolator refused to accept a parcel with warm things, water any hygienic means for me, that's whyI had to lie down on the floor in a white T-shirt, jeans and in ballet slippers. It was impossible to fall asleep, as it was rather cold. It was stuffy in the cell, as it is not aired. The light of the lamp kept dazzling all night, as it was not turned off. It was also impossible to turn down the volume of the radio. I was brought food for the first time in the morning of the day after the detention. I had to eat on the floor with dirty hands, as I was given no soap and towel. I was unable to use the toilet, as the sink had no waste tank and was located in the area of the guard's vision,” wrote the activist.

The girls also had to return to the isolator of the trial – Judge of the Kastrychnitski District Court of Vitsebsk Ina Hrabouskaya sentenced her to 10 days of arrest for distribution of leaflets, which was considered as a violation of Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, “violation of the order of organizing and holding mass events”.

Alena Semenchukova declared a hunger-strike of protest against the unfair verdict, and is still keeping it in jail.

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