CASE #440
11 / 08 / 2020
  • 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
  • Beating
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Denial of legal rights of arrested persons
  • Detention of minors
  • Forced postures
  • Forced to sign unknown document(s)
  • Ill-treatment of minors
  • 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 liberty and security of person
  • Violation of rights of children deprived of liberty
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: daytime

Place/Location: near Pushkinskaya metro station

Identity of the victim(s): a minor, 14 years old

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

According to the source, a 14 years old minor was detained near Pushkinskaya metro station on 11August 2020, at 10:10 p.m. He was beaten by people in green uniform at the time of detention, in the prison van (probably by OMON) and in Tsentralnaye RUUS of Minsk. The family was informed about the detention and the need to pick him up the following day at 5 am. 

At the precinct, the victim had to kneel with hands behind his back or on the nape and face on the ground for a long time. As a result, he received injuries to his knees and elbows, traces on his forehead and chin. Please see the pictures. In the prison van, detainees were forced to cry "I love AMAP" and sing the hymn by enforcement agents.

When his mother came to pick up the victim, the staff at the precinct forced her to sign a protocol stating that the victim participated in anti-government protests where he brought a hammer. The police gave no copy of the protocol to the victim or his guardian (mother).

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