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OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

19.08.2020 OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

Following the large-scale arrests of peaceful protestors in Belarus together with disturbing reports of violent physical abuse, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for the immediate release of all those who have been unlawfully detained and a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged human rights abuses.

44 protesters still in detention, 13 missing, one more reported dead

19.08.2020 44 protesters still in detention, 13 missing, one more reported dead

44 people detained during the post-election protests remain in custody, after they were sentenced to short terms of administrative detention, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

A carpet of bodies: one woman’s ordeal in detention in Belarus

18.08.2020 A carpet of bodies: one woman’s ordeal in detention in Belarus

“It’s change you wanted? Here is some change for you! Want some more? Next time you’ll know when to stay home!” This is what police shouted at the men at one of Minsk’s main detention centres, as they beat them mercilessly.

Interior Ministry pledges to release remaining protesters today. Dozens detainees still missing

17.08.2020 Interior Ministry pledges to release remaining protesters today. Dozens detainees still missing

The remaining 122 protesters have been released from the detention centers of Belarus, the bulk of them in Žodzina and Brest, the Interior Ministry’s spokesperson said. The list has been published by the Prosecutor General’s Office. Six persons are still being held as part of “ongoing investigations.”

Viasna insists on criminal charges against security officers amid vast torture evidence

17.08.2020 Viasna insists on criminal charges against security officers amid vast torture evidence

Human rights activists of “Viasna” appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding immediate initiation of a criminal case against law enforcement officers who abused their authority in dispersing peaceful demonstrators.

Belarusian human rights organizations urge Interior Minister to stop torture and police abuse

14.08.2020 Belarusian human rights organizations urge Interior Minister to stop torture and police abuse

Statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Hundreds of protesters released from prisons. Torture reports mount

14.08.2020 Hundreds of protesters released from prisons. Torture reports mount

Several hundred protesters were released from the three detention centers in Minsk and Žodzina last night, while the exact number of them remains unknown. Many of them were taken away in ambulances immediately after leaving the prisons.

Amnesty International calls to release veteran activist Pavel Seviarynets

06.07.2020 Amnesty International calls to release veteran activist Pavel Seviarynets

Amnesty International has launched an urgent action forcing the Belarusian authorities to release known opposition activist Pavel Seviarynets who is reportedly ill-treated while serving 75 days of administrative detention.

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.

Degrading treatment of Anastasija Huseva reported to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

08.02.2019 Degrading treatment of Anastasija Huseva reported to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

The Human Rights Center Viasna addressed the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture with a request to investigate the acts of degrading treatment in a recent notorious case of anti-police graffiti.

Human rights activists urge President to pardon political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

17.07.2018 Human rights activists urge President to pardon political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

A number of Belarusian human rights organizations have signed a petition to President Lukashenka, asking him to pardon political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny and release him from prison.

Death row prisoner Ihar Hershankou goes on hunger strike

26.06.2018 Death row prisoner Ihar Hershankou goes on hunger strike

Ihar Hershankou, who was earlier sentenced to death, says he is beginning a hunger strike while on death row in Minsk’s detention center No. 1 to protest numerous violations of his right to correspondence, Viasna learned from the prisoner’s mother.

Complete isolation: Mikhail Zhamchuzhny under unprecedented mail restrictions

17.05.2018 Complete isolation: Mikhail Zhamchuzhny under unprecedented mail restrictions

For over a month, political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny has been unable to receive or send letters, according to a reliable source.

Political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka transferred to prison hospital in Žodzina

27.03.2018 Political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka transferred to prison hospital in Žodzina

Political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka, who is currently serving a 2-year politically motivated sentence in a penal colony in Babrujsk, has been transferred to a prison hospital in Žodzina, according to activist Maryna Nasenka.

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.

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