CASE #203
11 / 08 / 2020
  • Detention Centre Personnel
  • Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus)
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Beating
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Deprivation of food and/or water
  • Deprivation of sleep
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: before midnight

Place/Location: Nyezalyezhnastsi Square, near Red Chirch

Identity of the victim(s): Hanna, 30 y.o., a graphic designer; other unknown detainees

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON; Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus); Detention centre's personnel

The victim went home. When she saw policemen, she asked how she can go home and they proposed to follow her. She was taken to their commanding officer and then to Red Church where a lot of OMON servicemen were located. Suddenly, she was forced to a bus and severely beaten by truncheons and kicked. As a result, she had a big bruise on her forehead (traces are seen in the photos). Then she was taken to RUUS of Maskousky District of Minsk. There was blood and vomit on the floor and about 40 people around. She was forced onto the floor.

During interrogation, she was forced onto the floor again and beaten on her buttocks when the officers were not satisfied with her answers. No medical aid was provided to the victim and other detainees. In the morning, half of the people received protocols and those who signed them were released. The victim was taken to Akrestsina Detention Centre. There, women were forced to face a wall. They spent a night in premises without a roof where it was very cold for many people. They heard how men were severally beaten over a wall for the whole night.

In the daytime, the victim was taken to a cell where from 35 to 40 detainees were placed instead of 4. Some people didn't eat for 24 hours, some for 48 hours. The victim was released on the third day after the detention

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