HRC “Viasna” starts a new stage of the monitoring of the penitentiary system
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" announces the beginning of a new stage of the monitoring of penitentiary institutions in the Republic of Belarus.
All information related to the analysis of prison legislation and monitoring of the penitentiary system is published in the topical section of “Viasna” website. The expert of the section is lawyer Pavel Sapelka, who, having clearly outlined the relevance of the problem of human rights violations against people who are kept in penitentiaries, has been actively working in this area since May 2012.
The results of the first phase of the work was reflected in the "Report on the monitoring of places of detention of citizens in the Republic of Belarus" , published in April 2013. It also presents an analysis of the legislation and its application in terms of the responsibilities of the government established by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian binding Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and other documents. Also, the report pays attention to comparative analysis of the legal norms of Belarus and the different countries that have made progress in carrying out the tasks of the penitentiary system.
It should be noted that the report has aroused great interest among not only Belarus, but also among the international community. Its data used in the work of such major human rights organizations such as the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Amnesty International.
At the new stage of the monitoring, the human rights defenders will cotninue to study all the issues raised in more depth and width. As before, the Human Rights Center " Viasna" calls on all those who have information on the situation of prisoners and persons with limited rights in connection with the content in a variety of institutions or wants to talk about personal problems of this kind, to write to the email address info.zakratami @ gmail.com or to the postal address – 220114 , Minsk , p/b 203.