Former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou sent for forced treatment

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Former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou has been placed in medical and labor dispensary No. 1 in the town of Svetlahorsk, after serving five days of arrest in Minsk. Human Rights Center “Viasna” learned this from the official information system of the forced treatment facilities.

According to information received by the human rights defenders, the measure was ordered by a ruling of Minsk Pershamaiski District Court of September 4. Vasil Parfiankou was not present at the trial. By doing this, the Court violated Par. 4, Art. 393-9 of the Code for Civil Procedures, as it states that “the statement about the placement of a citizen to the medical and labor dispensary is considered within ten days of its receipt by the court with the mandatory participation of a representative of the Interior, the Prosecutor, and the citizen.”

Human rights defenders do not know whether Vasil Parfiankou received a copy of the court order. Meanwhile, the measure cannot be reversed, as the period for appeal is over.

Human rights defenders consider this practice of forced isolation of citizens as violation of human rights, as it lies beyond the scope of criminal procedures.

Vasil Parfiankou was sentenced to four years in high security prison for participating in a protest manifestation against the 2010 presidential elections. He was released on 13 August 2011 in accordance with a decree by Belarusian president. A preventive surveillance was established after him just after his release. Since, court initiated both criminal and administrative cases against him for violation of his preventive supervision. On 29 May former political prisoner Parfiankou was sentenced to six months arrest and served the punishment time in a pre-trial jail in Baranavichy.

For more information on political prisoners in Belarus and preventive supervision, see analytical note published by Human rights Centre Viasna and FIDH Belarus : Political Prisoners  in Critical Situation and  Restricted Freedom for 40 Activists.

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