More than a thousand people were detained for anti-war protests in Belarus, 32 criminal cases were opened against the protesters, informs human rights center “Viasna”.
It is noted that human rights activists informed four UN Special Rapporteurs about this.
According to “Viasna”, the number of detainees may be higher, since in many cases court hearings were held behind the scenes.
Human rights activists drew the attention of special rapporteurs that there were many women among those detained for their anti-war position. At least 278 such cases are known. The detainees reported harassment by the police and unbearable conditions in detention centers. Women there slept on the floor, did not receive food and drinking water, hygiene products, they were not taken to the shower and for walks, the Viasna report notes.
As an example, human rights activists cite the case of Danuta Perednya, who received 6.5 years in prison for reposting with sharp criticism of Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko for the war in Ukraine; journalist Yuri Gontsarevich, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for photographing Russian military equipment; student Alexander Zagday, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for leaking data on military aircraft, “rail partisans” Denis Dikun, Oleg Molchanov, Dmitry Ravich, Yevgeny Minkevich, Dmitry Klimov, Vladimir Avramtsev and others.