All crimes of the Belarusian authorities against their people will be documented; those released from prison tell about the conditions of imprisonment, they can convict anyone for anything
1 December 2020 | BYHelp-Mediagroup
Belarusians scrupulously collect all evidence of government crimes
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya announced the launch of the “Unified Crime Record Book”. There will be collected evidence of arrests, torture, and beatings, as well as the names of those who committed them.
Also, the project August 2020 has been working since the end of October. The authors of the project have been collecting “evidence of torture and cruelty to people after the elections in Belarus”. So far more than 120 stories have been published on the site seen by about one hundred thousand people over a month.
The Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation insists on a lifelong ban on participation in any hockey events of the chairman of the Ice Hockey Federation of Belarus
The Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation (BSSF), which protects the rights of Belarusian athletes, initiated a request to bring the chairman of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation Dmitri Baskov to disciplinary responsibility through the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee.
The reasons are the direct participation of Baskov (according to public information and the media) in the beating and death of Raman Bandarenka, participation in campaign rallies in support of Lukashenko using Olympic symbols, demonstrative drinking of alcohol with the Olympic symbols on the background, and pressure on athletes and employees who express their civil position against violence and falsification.
The European Parliament believes that the measures taken on Belarus are not enough
This time experts from international organizations took part in the meeting of the European Parliament. The speakers were Wolfgang Benedek, Rapporteur on Belarus in the framework of the Moscow Mechanism OSCE, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation with human rights in Belarus Anais Maren, and human rights lawyer, expert of the International Committee for the Investigation of Torture and the Anti-discrimination Center “Memorial” Eugenia Andreyuk.
MEPs expressed an opinion about the insufficiency of the measures that have been taken so far by the EU structures and member states concerning the Belarusian authorities. Most of the parliamentarians supported the proposal to start an international investigation of the crimes of the regime with the involvement of experts to help in this area.
A journalist released from prison told how “Miss Belarus-2008” Volha Khizhynkova had been bullied in prison
A journalist of TUT.BY and “Novy Chas” Aliaksandra Kvitkevich was released after 15 days of arrest, which she received for performing her duties on the march of pensioners on 16 November. Aliaksandra told about the conditions she stayed in while she was in the detention center. There were lice in one of the prison cells, and the journalist slept on a bench. Then she was transferred to a double cell, where four people were serving their terms. The lavatory did not work, the wind blew from the windows, and as a result, the journalist fell ill with angina. During the arrest, Aliaksandra did not receive a single letter or a telegram, although her colleagues sent them regularly.
In prison, the journalist met the Belarusian model Volha Khizhynkova.
“Olya was sitting with a woman who had all kinds of lice – both on her head and in her clothes. There are such human specimens with Olya …, she is being abused, it’s horrible” – said Aliaksandra.
The best representatives of society are serving arrest in Belarusian prisons
Darya Baranouskaya, a creative producer in an IT company, was detained on 8 November. After the trial, she spent 10 days in prison in the city of Baranavichy.
Here are quotes from her story: “We spent ten of our received days in a cell in Baranavichy. Our cell was probably the worst in this detention center. It served as a smoking room before the mass arrests began on 8 November”.
Daria was accompanied by a construction site supervisor Luda, a dentist Natasha (she celebrated her 67th birthday in prison), an accountant Lena, an English teacher Katsia, a cook Iryna, a fitness trainer Olia, a storekeeper of a large factory Liuda, a child psychologist Nadzia, a fashion designer Juliya. For some women, it was not the first time they were arrested.
“Listening to what they say, I concluded that those who have experienced great suffering are motivated even more than others,” – Darya shares.
“I thought the protest had been driven by a younger generation that is hotter and more determined to be active. But having listened to the stories of the cellmates, I realize now, that older women are more courageous and confident. They can give more arguments as to why they come out. Some have a motherly instinct: our two women appeared in a prisoner transporter because of their son and a daughter. And in general, they want children to live well in Belarus,” – Darya said.
Priests are persecuted for expressing their point of view and for no reason at all
A priest of the Greek Catholic Church from the town of Ivatsevichy was arrested for 10 days. Father Vitali underwent trial for violating the law on mass events – he allegedly took part in Sunday’s protest on 25 October in Brest. Father Vitali insisted that he had come from Ivatsevichy to Brest to replace his colleague Father Ihar and to serve in the church.
And the priest from the town of Rosson Viachaslau Barok was charged with the propaganda of Nazi symbols or attributes. Although in fact, he posted on his page on social media the work of artist Vladimir Tsesler “Stop Lukashism”.
A former inspector was taken straight from the apartment and arrested for the flag on his balcony
Ilia Rokach is a former inspector, in an interview he spoke about his arrest. Yesterday morning, a police officer, a former colleague of Rokach, came to the family’s apartment. He took Ilia to a police station to fill in a protocol because of the “prohibited symbols” on the balcony. Rokach did not return home. Today it became known that he was accused of participating in unauthorized mass events, but in fact, Ilya was taken for a white-red-white flag on his balcony. During the trial, Ilia received a fine of about 400 euros.
For more information on the events of 1 December 2020, please visit Infocenter Free Belarus 2020: