Belarus protests: Rights groups compile torture evidence
Dozens of victims appealed to the UN in connection with the torture of protesters in Belarus
Belarusian human rights activists sent an appeal to the UN Committee against Torture in the interests of 47 people injured during protests in Belarus
Human rights defenders of the Viasna Center and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee sent an appeal to the UN Committee against Torture on behalf of 47 people who suffered during peaceful protests in Belarus, with a request to investigate the systematic use of torture in the country. The text of the appeal was published on Thursday on the website of the human rights center “Viasna”.
The victims provided evidence that, starting from August 9, the Belarusian security forces committed actions, deliberately inflicting pain on citizens, bodily injuries of varying severity and psychological trauma. In accordance with the international convention, these actions can be described as torture.
“Numerous testimonies of the victims indicate that they … were insulted, beaten with truncheons, tortured, inflicted bodily harm, struck with electric shock and rubber bullets, sprayed gas from canisters in confined spaces with citizens in them, forced to stand naked on their knees for hours on asphalt, threatened with the use of weapons, sexual violence, deprived of sleep, hygiene products, food and water, denied medical assistance and the provision of necessary medicines, “- said in the appeal.
The authors of the appeal also draw attention to the fact that the detainees were kept in inhuman conditions and were subjected to psychological pressure..
The use of torture was carried out by officials and was apparently authorized by the Belarusian authorities.
The victims ask the Committee against Torture to conduct “an investigation into the systematic use of torture on the territory of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 20 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”. In addition, the actions of officials can be further examined for signs of crimes against humanity as defined in article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court..
The applicants also asked the Committee to forward the collective appeal to the UN Security Council..
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