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  • International community’s response to political violence in Belarus

    Who and how spoke out about violence and torture against peaceful protesters and human rights violations in Belarus.

    Following the rigged Presidential election in Belarus in August 9, 2020, it is estimated that army and police subjected hundreds of peaceful protesters to inhuman treatment while in detention. Read 10 main points that characterize post-election torture in Belarus by the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

    International organizations, such as the United Nations and its agency UNHCHR, OSCE/ODIHR, Amnesty International, World Organisation Against Torture, International Federation for Human Rights, etc. all condemned violence against peaceful protesters. We list their statements below.

    Belarus crisis: Top UN official concerned over torture allegations

    OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election 

    Authorities of Belarus are to stop arrests and tortures and investigate missing persons – UN 

    HRDs request UN intervention in Belarus torture reports

    UN rights experts express ‘outrage’ at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters 

    Belarus must stop attacking peaceful protesters, UN human rights experts say 

    Bachelet [UN High Commissioner for Human Rights] condemns violent response of Belarus to post-electoral protests 

    Belarus: NGOs call on UN Human Rights Council to convene extraordinary session

    Belarus: Mounting evidence of a campaign of widespread torture of peaceful protesters – Amnesty International 

    Belarus – Human Rights NGOs call on torture and arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters to stop – International Federation for Human Rights

    How can you help the victims of torture and repressions in Belarus?

    Donate to BYHelp and BYSol. BYHelp is an initiative that supports people who were persecuted and their families: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1123543824684874/1179674872398974/  

    BYSol helps Belarusians who lost their jobs due to their political position: https://www.facebook.com/donate/759400044849707/108388587646909/ 

    Image credit:  Jedrzej Nowicki / Agencja Gazeta

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