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Valiantsin Stefanovich: Medical and labour centre is prison without court decision

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Valiantsin Stefanovich, Vice-president of human rights centre “Viasna”, commented the case of former political prisoner Vasily Parfiankou sent to a medical and labour centre for a year.

“As for the procedure of taking a person to such centres, human rights centre “Viasna” considers it to be a violation of human rights, no matter to whom it is applied. Alcoholism cannot be treated forcefully, moreover by enforced labour. Patients of medical and labour centres usually work at construction sites or on collective farms. We had a mission to study the situation of enforced labour in Belarus. The report will soon be released. We studied the use of enforced labour in relation to patients with alcohol addiction isolated in medical and labour centres...

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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...

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Former political prisoner Uladzimir Yaromenak sentenced to 3 months of arrest

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Uladzimir Yaromenak, activist of the Young Front opposition movement and former political prisoner, was sentenced to three months of arrest on charges of violating preventive supervision restrictions. The verdict was pronounced this morning by Judge Leanid Yarmolenkau of Minsk Pershamaiski District Court.

Uladzimir Jaromienak was arrested in January 2011 as a suspect on the case on “mass disturbances”. He was sentenced for three years. He served the punishment term in a penal colony near Viciebsk. In August 2011 he was pardoned among others. Since then he ended up behind bars several times for administrative violations.

On 15 March 2013 the court of Minsk’s Piershamajski district extended the preventive supervision over the activist for another 6 months.

On 14 July on the Young Front...

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