CASE #324
09 / 08 / 2020
Maladzyechna / Molodechno
  • 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
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • 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: nighttime

Place/Location: Prytyckaha Str. Exact location on Pryticky Str. is not known

Identity of the victim(s): Ihar Zacharanka, an engineer

Identity of the perpetrator(s): at least undefined local policemen and OMON policemen

Ihar Zacharanka, an engineer, was detained in Maladzyechna on Prytyckaha Str. on 9 August 2020 while he was riding his bicycle. At nightfall, more and more people gathered on the square and more police and vans appeared. Street lighting was off. Then the police started chasing and beating people. Ihar saw unconscious people lying. 

In the prison van, detained people were lying on top of each other. OMON policemen were walking on them and beating them. When they arrived to Maladzyechna RUUS, Ihar was forced to lie on the ground and intentionally was hit with his head against the asphalt. He had to stay in a forced posture and was threatened. Detainees were not allowed to go to the toilet. In Puchavichy, where Ihar was then transported, the judge took the testimonies of policemen as absolutely true and did not listen to objections of the accused.

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