UN records 450 cases of tortures, cruelty during protests in Belarus

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The unknown location and state of health of at least six people causes concern of the UN
14:39, 2 September 2020

Ukrainian News

The UN experts on human rights that they are aware of 450 recorded cases of tortures and cruel treatment of people due to the protests in Belarus as the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner reported.

“We are extremely concerned by hundreds of statements about tortures and other cruel treatment in the temporary detention facilities,” the UN experts said.

They urged Belarus to stop the tortures of detainees and prosecute employees of militsiya who humiliated and beat protesters at the detention places with impunity.

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The UN, to prevent the enforced disappearances, also demanded from the authorities of Belarus to completely observe the main guarantees during the detention of the suspects: immediate registration, judicial supervision over the detention and notification of the members of the family.

“The majority of disappeared people were found but the fact causes the concern that the location and state of health of at least six people are unknown by their relatives. We are still concerned by the fact that the cases of the enforced disappearances might increase, of the violent response to peaceful protests will continue,” the UN employees stated.

Among about 6,700 people detained during the last weeks during the implementation of their right for freedom of peaceful gatherings, there are journalists and bypassers, who were arbitrarily arrested and convicted in short order. On Saturday, the government revoked the accreditation of 17 journalists who work for foreign mass media.

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On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.

On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.

As we reported, the EU is going to adopt the sanctions against Belarusian officials.


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