A number of protesters have turned into victims as Belarus security forces detained and tortured thousands for conducting peaceful protests.
Following the state`s flawed democratic elections, thousands of Belarusians took to the streets protesting against a new mandate for the nation`s autocratic president Alexander Lukashenka to perpetuate 26 years in power.
As the angry protesters continue to demonstrate in the wake of the 9 August vote claiming that the vote was rigged, security forces have begun to use savagely violent techniques to suppress them, NGO Human Rights Watch reported.
Describing the Belarus security forces brutality, Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at the Human Rights Watch said: “The sweeping brutality of the crackdown shows the lengths to which the Belarusian authorities will go to silence people, but tens of thousands of peaceful protesters continue to demand fair elections and justice for abuses.
“The United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) should urgently set in motion inquiries to ensure that evidence is collected that could contribute to accountability for grave human rights violations,” he added.
Many of the victims of state brutality have described how the security forces used beatings, prolonged stress positions, electric shocks, and in some cases rape to intimidate them. A number of protesters have sustained serious injuries, broken bones and suffered mild traumatic brain injuries due to arbitrary detentions and punishments
A freelance and national journalist and US national, who was transferred from Pevomaisky Police Station to the Zhodino detention centre, Dan Peleschuk, 34, said that he had been subjected to pressure positions while kicked and punched.
The EU called the election results “fraudulent” and said that there is a need for close monitoring of the human rights situation in the country.