CASE #206
09 / 08 / 2020
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Beating
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Denial of legal rights of arrested persons
  • Deprivation of food and/or water
  • Deprivation of medical attention
  • Deprivation of medication
  • Deprivation of sleep
  • Procedural violations
  • Use of excessive force
  • Verbal abuse
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
  • Right to vote, to participate in free and periodic elections and in public affairs
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: 17:30

Place/Location: Yesenina Str. 125 (school No. 205), Akrestsina Detention Centre, Zhodina Detention Centre

Identity of the victim(s): Yulia Halieuskaya (Юлія Галіеўская), fashion designer, 29 y.o.; other unknown detainees

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON; undefined

The victim was an observer at the elections at the polling station at school No. 205 of Minsk and fulfilled her duties only. At 5:30 p.m., 20 OMON policemen came to the school and apprehended the victim without explanation. OMON took her to Akrestsina Detention Centre where she was placed in a cell for 4 people with 35 other women. It was hard to breathe there; when the detainees asked for better conditions, they were watered. They did not receive food, medical drugs, menstrual pads and were verbally abused and humiliated. They were deprived of adequate medical assistance. They heard how men were beaten at night, how they cried. They saw blood on corridor walls after that.

The victim was judged and sentenced twice at the detention facility. She was sentenced to 15 days of arrest and 4 days of arrest being incriminated that she was at 10 p.m. at the Peramozhtsau Avenue and cried "Long Live Belarus". Some detainees were to listen to their sentences facing the wall without a possibility to communicate with the judge. In Zhodina Detention Centre, there were 13 people for 2 beds in the cell. Due to missing documents, the victim spent one extra day there. After the detention, she had panic attacks.

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