Stories of people who have suffered from police brutality during the peaceful demostrations in Belarus

October 30, 2020 17:33

A team of journalists and volunteers launches an international media project Август2020/August2020 (august2020.info). Together with Belarusian and international human rights advocates, with the permission of the victims, we collect and publish the evidences of tortures and inhuman treatment after the presidential elections in Belarus in August 2020. The project is supported by the Belorussian IT-community.

2.5 months after the elections, we witness how the acting authorities do everything possible to switch the spotlight. As a reminder, one of the most critical inquiries of the society is the investigation of the law enforcers’ crimes against civilians.

Not a single victim can “get lost”. Our goal is to ensure the whole world knows about the crimes against humanity, which occurred right in the heart of Europe in the 21st century. We also hope that our materials will be useful in the new Belarus for the further most thorough investigation.

Today, we start with the first hundred of stories told by the people who experienced violent treatment. These stories are collected by the team of the project August2020 and quoted by other lead media in Belarus and aggregated in one place. Further hundreds of stories are being processed.

We are going to publish the stories of victims in Russian and in English, and later we plan to translate them in German and if possible in other languages. In case of the platform cut-off on the territory of Belarus, the site will be accessible in other countries. Inside Belarus it can always be accessed via VPN, Telegram and other networks.

Learn more at: https://august2020.info

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Stories of people who have suffered from police brutality during the peaceful demostrations in Belarus