News on the topic: penitentiary system

Stop torture and criminal prosecution of prisoner Artsiom Anishchuk!

16.06.2021 Stop torture and criminal prosecution of prisoner Artsiom Anishchuk!

Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna"

Prisoner swallows “metallic objects” to protest torture

09.06.2021 Prisoner swallows “metallic objects” to protest torture

Artsiom Anishchuk swallowed several metallic objects to avoid “physical and psychological violence” he has been subjected to during his stay at penal colony No. 15 in Mahilioŭ, novychas.by said quoting the inmate’s lawyer, who managed to see his client for the first time since May 13.

Ales Bialiatski on the death of political prisoner Vitold Ashurak

26.05.2021 Ales Bialiatski on the death of political prisoner Vitold Ashurak

Can we hope that the Investigative Committee will conduct an objective investigation and find out the truth?

Support has no boundaries: how to write letters to political prisoners if you are outside of Belarus

16.01.2021 Support has no boundaries: how to write letters to political prisoners if you are outside of Belarus

Viasna has prepared the answers to the most frequent questions foreigners ask when writing letters to political prisoners.

Overcrowded and violent: what awaits Belarusian protesters in prison

20.11.2020 Overcrowded and violent: what awaits Belarusian protesters in prison

Thousands of people have been detained in Belarus' pro-democracy protesters - and hundreds are facing charges. The prison system that will take them is largely unreformed and has its roots in the Soviet system.

UN experts urge Belarus to release children and young people jailed for drug offences amid COVID-19 crisis

08.05.2020 UN experts urge Belarus to release children and young people jailed for drug offences amid COVID-19 crisis

The soaring number of COVID-19 cases in Belarus should compel the Government to immediately release children and young people imprisoned for drug-related offences, UN human rights experts said on May 7.

Authorities block access to political prisoners

14.03.2018 Authorities block access to political prisoners

The administration of penal colony No. 9 in Horki, Mahilioŭ region, has not allowed representatives of the regional Public Monitoring Commission to meet with political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny, who is currently held in the facility, mspring.online said.

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.

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.”

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).

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.

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