CASE #338
22 / 03 / 2021 – 06 / 04 / 2021
  • 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
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Torture
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: detention - March 22, 2021, sentenced to 15 days of arrest

Place/Location: Akrestsina Detention Centre (1y zavulak Akrestsina 36)

Identity of the victim(s): Mikalay Kazlou, chairman of United Civil Party

Identity of the perpetrator(s): undefined OMON officers, policemen from Tsantralnaye RAUS

Mikalay Kazlou was detained by OMON on March 22, 2021. He was falsely accused that he had offered resistance to policemen of Tsantralnaye RAUS. In the detention centre, he was in the isolation ward (intended for 1 person) with several homeless persons and three political detainees. The homeless persons had lice infestation and probably other illnesses. Detainees were every day subjected to chlorine poisoning (causing tears, flue, cough, vomiting reflex).

Mikalay had also hypertensic crisis after 2 buckets of a very concentrated solution were poured into their cell and was delivered to the hospital (when arterial tension was lowered, he was convoyed back to the detention centre). They did not have beds, mattresses or linen and were to sleep on the floor, benches or seated. Detainees were subject to inhuman and degrading treatment (e.g. stripping naked).

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