CASE #11
10 / 08 / 2020
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Deprivation of food and/or water
  • Deprivation of medical attention
  • Forced to sign unknown document(s)
  • No consultation with legal counsel permitted
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to fair trial (procedural violations)
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: late evening.

Place/Location: shopping center Riga.

Identity of the victim(s): The victim refused to state his name in fear of retaliation. Testimony #11. Folder #11.

Identity of the perpetrator(s): men in patchy uniform like Special rapid response squad SAHR or Group 'Alpha' under the KGB of the Republic of Belarus at the time of detention; men in black uniform, helmets, and masks in detention centers.

The victim was abducted by men in uniform and masks while passing on the street. The van was overcrowded and airless. Abductees were sobbing and begging for air. They were severely beaten. The victim was brought to a detainee center, Okhrestino, where he spent four days. The victim was kept in the yard during the first night and later placed naked in a small size cell with several other people. Access to water, food, personal hygiene supplies, rest, medical and legal aid was restricted or refused. During the first two days of detention, he was physically abused several times, resulting in multiple traumas, including but not limited to severe injuries to his head and legs. Due to the victim developing dizziness and inability to stand unassisted, he was taken to a random location in Minsk and simply left on the streets by officers. Whilst in the detention center, he was additionally threatened with imprisonment if he did not incriminate himself. No trial was held.

The victim witnessed female officer-on-female detainees violence.

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