CASE #289
27 / 09 / 2020 – 12 / 10 / 2020
  • Detention Centre Personnel
  • Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus)
  • 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
  • Deprivation of medical attention
  • Deprivation of sleep
  • No consultation with legal counsel permitted
  • Procedural violations
  • Torture
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to fair trial (procedural violations)
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: the victim was detained on Sept 27, 2020 and spent 10 days in Akrestsina Detention Center, then was moved to Baranavichy.

Place/Location: detention - near Uruchcha metro station; Akrestsina Detention Center

Identity of the victim(s): Yury Shafranski, 29 y.o.

Identity of the perpetrator(s): undefined policemen from Tsentralnaye RUUS of Minsk; servicemen from Akrestsina Detention Center; other undefined servicemen

Yury Shafranski was detained on Sept 27, 2020, after the Sunday march in Uruchcha when moving in MacDonald's direction. The man was severely beaten and lost consciousness on the bus. Other detainees on the bus had different injuries, but no medical aid was provided. From witnesses, Yury got to know how he was beaten being unconscious, including blows to the face and genitalia. After the man was poured by a bucket of water, he regained consciousness and was beaten again in Tsentralnaye RUUS of Minsk.

He was sentenced to 15 days of arrest. At Akrestsina Detention Center, he was kept with three other people in the isolation ward intended for one person. Light in the ward was on all the time, water was absent. Once a day they get a bucket of water to float out excrement. The arrested people were to sleep on uncovered concrete floor. All of them got cold. A doctor did not provide any medical aid. Things and food brought for the arrested were put outside; they received these things when the food was bad. Concentrated chlorine solution was poured into the ward without airing.

Yury did not receive any documents except payment details without any signature or stamp. His relatives could not receive any information about him before the court proceeding, though they called to a lot of places.

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