Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: Torture Is Used Against Political Prisoners

Posted by Info on 26/02/2011

Relatives of political prisoners sent the appela to the embassies of other EU countries.
Here is the full text of the appeal:
Today, more than 40 people are being held in the criminal case initiated after the 2010 presidential elections. One of them, Vasily Parfiankou, has been sentenced to 4 years in a maximum security penal colony. This monstrously cruel sentence has finally confirmed to us that there is no independent judiciary in Belarus. Verdicts are delivered by Lukashenko’s administration, and we cannot expect an objective consideration of the cases of political prisoners in court.

Since our last appeal to you, presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu and the journalist Iryna Khalip, the wife of presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, have been transferred to house arrest, and the measure of restraint for 11 prisoners has been changed to release against recognizance not to leave. 29 people remain imprisoned. These include presidential candidates Andrei Sannikov and Mikalai Statkevich, the members of their election headquarters, journalists and ordinary civilians.

The conditions of detention of political prisoners are cruel and inhumane and can be equated to torture:

Severe attitude of KGB Special Forces guards, who hide their faces behind masks;

Blackmail and psychological pressure on suspects more here

We ask … for the unconditional release of all political prisoners.

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