Amnesty International: In Belarus, at least 16 prisoners of conscience

Society today released its annual report on the state of human rights in the world Amnesty International describes Belarus as a country in which the death penalty is enforced, the government severely restrict the right to freedom of speech and assembly, ignoring reports of torture and other ill-treatment of people and prisoners of conscience denied medical and legal assistance.

Regarding the 2010 presidential election in the Amnesty International report noted:

"According to international observers, the elections did not meet OSCE standards. Departments of riot police violently broke up a peaceful demonstration mainly supporters of the opposition, which took place after the elections on December 19. After these Events authorities stepped up the pressure of opposition activists, human rights defenders and journalists. The authorities have stepped their arbitrarily detained, searched, threatened them and were punished. "

On the death penalty

"In March, executed Basil Yuzepchuk and Andrei Zhuk, sentenced to death in June and July 2009, respectively. As is the case with all other executions in Belarus, neither the prisoners nor their relatives were not warned in advance of the date of execution of the judgment. Andrei Zhuk's mother knew nothing of his son made the verdict on March 19, when she brought him a transfer to the food. (…) May 14 Grodno Regional Court sentenced Oleg Grishkovtsa and Andrew Burdyko to capital punishment for murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping of a minor, theft and robbery. The Supreme Court of 17 September 2010 had left them the appeals dismissed. September 14 Mogilev Regional Court sentenced Igor Myalik to death for a series of robberies and murders committed in 2009 on the highway Mogilev-Gomel. More than one person involved in the case were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the third died in custody before trial ended. "

Freedom of Speech

"July 1 came into force presidential decree № 60" On Measures to Improve the Use of the National Segment of the Internet. " Among other things, the decree requires Internet service providers to verify the identity of users of Internet services and provide the authorities with information about the caller. In addition, we introduce measures to restrict access to information that may be considered extremist, pornographic or related to the promotion of violence, brutality and other acts prohibited by law. "

Freedom of Assembly

"Mostly peaceful demonstration, which took place after the presidential elections on December 19, was brutally dispersed by riot police. More than 700 persons were charged with administrative violations. They were detained for a period of 10 to 15 days. Arbitrarily detained them for what they are peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression. For many of the protesters, law enforcement officers used excessive force. "

About Torture

"January 18, 2010 the Soviet district of Minsk prosecutor's office refused to open a criminal investigation into allegations of torture filed by Paul Levshina. 9 December 2009 on suspicion of stealing his officers detained the Soviet police department. According to Paul Levshina, December 10 from 17:00 to 20:00 the police tortured and ill-treated him. In a statement to the prosecutor, he wrote that the police handcuffed him, put on his stomach and legs bent so that they are held back clasped hands (so-called "swallow"). He was beaten with a rubber truncheon and plastic bottles filled with water. In addition, five times he wore on his head and held up a package as long as he did not start to choke. Forensic medical examination confirmed that the nature of injuries consistent with their description, but prosecutors, citing police reports, said that there was no evidence of torture was not found. "

About prisoners of conscience

"By the end of 2010, 29 persons, including six of the opposition candidate for president, members of their campaign staff and journalists were charged with" organizing mass disorder "in connection with their participation in a demonstration on December 19. They face up to 15 years in prison. Many of them blamed solely for the fact that they are peacefully expressing their views: at least 16 of their number were prisoners of conscience. (…)

Andrei Sannikov — presidential candidate of the opposition — were detained at the demonstration on December 19. Riot policemen beat him, injuring his leg. Together with his wife — a journalist Irina Khalip — he was taken to the hospital, but the car was stopped by law enforcement officers, and he was arrested. (…) December 29, Andrei Sannikov was charged with a felony — organizing mass riots. Soon Irina Khalip also arrested and charged with a crime. Andrei Sannikov's lawyer only occasionally allowed to see his client. The lawyer expressed concern that his client did not have adequate medical care for injuries. After a lawyer disbarred for threatened that he raised the issue of the health status of the client. (…)

Comment pravaabaronnitsy Tatiana Gatsura:

"I just go to the Court of Martseleva, Khalip and Seviarynets, witness this all. Nevertheless, the fact that Belarus from year to year remains in these" blacklists "of human rights defenders, is difficult to comment. But I believe that at any moment things can change, and what is happening now will be remembered as a very difficult time, black period in the history of Belarus. however, that for such a long time, Belarus has been on these lists does not mean that such a long period in We will distrust and damaged relations with its neighbors — the European Union and other countries. That is not to say that it is something very bad for the future of Belarusians as a nation. limps first image of the authorities, who brought the nation to this state. And if the power through year or two changes, respectively, the new government will be a new attitude … "

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