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Amnesty International on the latest assault on human rights in Belarus

    February 02, 2011

    "Security, Peace and Order"?: Violations in the wake of elections in Belarus highlights violations of the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression; ill-treatment and disproportionate use of force, arbitrary detention, fair trial concerns and medical care for the detained.

    The document presents the case of opposition presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and his wife who were severely beaten and injured by riot police and unlawfully arrested. His sister Irina Bogdanova told Amnesty International:  “Most of the information we are getting from the news. In what conditions they are held there we don’t know, how badly my brother is beaten up we don't know, whether they are getting any medical care or not, we don't know.”

    In its latest briefing, Amnesty International is reiterating its call to the Belarusian authorities to release all prisoners of conscience who are detained solely for the peaceful expression of their political views.

    A video with interviews with activists and commentary on rights violations in the post-election also has been released today. 

    John Tackaberry,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    613-744-7667, ext 236

    For more information and to arrange for an interview, please contact: Lydia Aroyo, Press Officer at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, + 44 (0) 20 7413 5599; +44 (0) 7771 796 350 (mobile) or email: laroyo@amnesty.org.