CASE #403
11 / 08 / 2020
  • Detention Centre Personnel
  • 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
  • Damage to property
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Deprivation of medical attention
  • Forced postures
  • Physical assaults (other)
  • Torture
  • Torture (psychological)
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture (standalone)
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to protection of property
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: -

Place/Location: Akrestina Detention Centre

Identity of the victim(s): Mikalai Bondar

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON; staff at the precinct, Tsentralnaye RUUS of Minsk

Several OMON officers attacked Mikalai's car because they saw a white ribbon around his wrist - that supporters of Svetlana Tikhanovslaya wore. OMON pierced car wheels, destroyed the windshield and other windows of the car, forced the victim out, beat him up and humiliated him. They filmed the torture on a personal cell phone. The victim was beaten and humiliated while on a transportation vehicle on the way to the detention centre. He was brought to Akrestsina where he was repeatedly beaten by officers and staff members, forced into uncomfortable postures. In the detention centre, as a result of receiving injuries, he started bleeding out and he eventually lost consciousness. He woke up in the hospital.

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