The human rights center Vyasna and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee call for an investigation into the systematic torture of civilians in Belarus after 9 August.
Belarusian human rights activists have sent 47 complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee about victims of torture. They presented evidence that for several days, starting on August 9, law enforcement officers across the country in various law enforcement agencies deliberately inflicted severe pain, as well as physical and moral suffering on citizens.
Numerous testimonies of victims indicate that they were subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, including insults, beatings, torture, bodily harm (fractures, injuries, extensive bruises), used electric shock and rubber bullets, sprayed gas from cans in confined spaces with citizens in them, forced them to stand naked for hours on their knees on the asphalt, threatened with weapons, sexual violence, deprived of sleep, hygiene, food and water, refused medical care and provided the necessary medications, etc.
In addition, the detainees were held in inhumane conditions: cells for 4-6 people held up to 40 people at a time, including citizens with confirmed COVID-19 status.
Measures of psychological pressure were also widely applied to the victims: forcing them to sing the national anthem of the Republic of Belarus and shouting slogans, demands to kneel, demands to recognize the loyalty and superiority of the current government and law enforcement agencies, insults based on political views, etc.
People were tortured primarily for expressing their political views:
According to human rights activists, just over 7,500 people were detained in August 2020. About 500 people reported torture or extreme ill-treatment.