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CASE #26
Date
10 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

Dozens of OMON soldiers chased fifty male and female civilians. At least one was detained. Fog is visible and allegedly stems from a grenade thrown into the crowd.

Perpetrators
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Use of excessive force
  • Use of stun grenades (close proximity)
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person
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CASE #25
Date
11 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

Four OMON agents beat a man on the ground. The victim was kicked with boots and hit with a rubber baton. The man’s belongings were crushed when one of the OMON officers repeatedly stepped on them. Several other victims were beaten further away.

Perpetrators
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Beating
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Physical assaults (other)
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
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CASE #23
Date
11 / 08 / 2020
City
Baranavichy / Baranovichi
Description

Protesters on the street were notified that the police were approaching and ran away. As some police officers chased protesters, others broke glass and windshields of cars parked or moving on the road.

Perpetrators
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Damage to property
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to protection of property
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CASE #21
Date
10 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

A protestor walked empty-handed towards a line of police/special forces. Two officers left the line, ran at him, pushed him to the ground, and hit him several times with batons. They then dragged him behind the line, following which the squad used intimidation tactics, such as knocking on shields.

Perpetrators
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture (standalone)
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
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CASE #20
Date
10 / 08 / 2020
City
Baranavichy / Baranovichi
Description

Using truncheons, three soldiers repeatedly hit a young man, allegedly a minor. A fourth soldier held the man from the back. Another minor is attempting to halt the attack.

Perpetrators
  • Traffic Police (ГАИ)
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Ill-treatment of minors
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture (standalone)
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CASE #19
Date
09 / 08 / 2020
City
Baranavichy / Baranovichi
Description

A couple of stun grenades were thrown and blew up, one of them in close proximity to pedestrian civilians. The civilians formed a disorganized crowd and demonstrated no visible signs of violence.

Perpetrators
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Use of excessive force
  • Use of stun grenades (close proximity)
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
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CASE #18
Date
10 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

The victim met with his relatives to pray at a church. He was sitting in a car when about four dozen OMON soldiers arrived, forcibly removed the victim from the car, and beat him as well as his brother.

Perpetrators
  • 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
  • Deprivation of food and/or water
  • Unlawful confiscation of property
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture (standalone)
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to equality/freedom from discrimination
  • Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • Right to liberty and security of person
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CASE #17
Date
11 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

A group of men in black ran through the courtyard and started to beat the victim who was near the entrance of the apartment complex.

Perpetrators
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Beating
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
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CASE #16
Date
12 / 08 / 2020
City
Baranavichy / Baranovichi
Description

Time: unknown. Place/Location: in front of Bel Web Bank at the intersection of Sovetskaya & Gagarina str. Identity of the victim(s): young man. Identity of the perpetrator(s): first attacker – a tall guy in civilian clothes, skilled in fighting technique; four attackers – patchy greyish uniform, black gears, helmets with face shields, truncheons, possibly Special […]

Perpetrators
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Beating
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
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CASE #15
Date
09 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

While searching for her son, a woman, aged 31 suffering from Epilepsia, witnessed law enforcement agents using flash-bang grenades and firearms against civilians.

Perpetrators
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Abduction
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to Life
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CASE #14
Date
09 / 08 / 2020
City
Minsk
Description

One of the victims was at the polling site where he informed the head of the election committee of the damaged side of the polling box. In response, the head called the guards who took hold of the victim until two men in civilian clothes arrived and abducted him.

Perpetrators
  • Plain clothed police officers
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Abduction
  • Threats (not including death threats)
International classification of violations
  • Right to fair trial (procedural violations)
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to vote, to participate in free and periodic elections and in public affairs
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CASE #13
Date
09 / 08 / 2020
City
Baranavichy / Baranovichi
Description

Time: late evening. Place/Location: Komsomolskaya street, section between Sovetskaya and Gagarina streets Identity of the victim(s): moving crowd of unarmed civilians. Identity of the perpetrator(s): allegedly OMON: a group of men in black uniform with one in greish uniform, anti-riot gears, helmets with face shields, and riot shields. One of them with no military insignia. […]

Perpetrators
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Use of excessive force
  • Use of rubber bullets (close proximity)
  • Use of stun grenades (close proximity)
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
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