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Belarus: “You are not human beings”. State-sponsored impunity and unprecedented police violence against peaceful protesters

, Index number: EUR 49/3567/2021

Since the disputed 9 August 2020 presidential election in Belarus scores of consistently shocking images have emerged: peaceful protesters brutally assaulted by riot police, stun grenades fired into peaceful crowds at short range, and the blood-stained faces and severely bruised bodies of men and women released from detention. These have been accompanied by scores of harrowing accounts of torture, sexual violence, and other ill-treatment of detainees arrested for peaceful protest. The number of people arrested since 9 August 2020 exceeds 27,000 and continues to grow. Many hundreds have testified of torture and other ill-treatment, and several protesters have died.

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