August 2020

The August2020 media project (august2020.info/en) collects and publishes accounts of torture, beatings, and abuse during peaceful post-election protests in Belarus in 2020. People were grabbed, beaten, humiliated, tortured, stuffed into overcrowded cells, doused with freezing cold water, and deprived of food and even air just for taking to the streets and expressing their disagreement with the election outcome. Some of these testimonies served as a basis for lawsuits in international human rights courts.

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Viachka K.

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Viachka K.

33 years old, musician. "They command you to run, but you don't know where, and they laugh and beat you and pass you around from one person to another"
Torture and abuse in 2020 – Ivan’s story

Torture and abuse in 2020 – Ivan’s story

"Should we take him to the woods or turn him into a cripple?" The reply was: "We don't have much time, so let's make him a cripple!"
Torture and violence in 2020 – Mikita’s story

Torture and violence in 2020 – Mikita’s story

22 years old, student. "The garage gate was closed, and the only thing that could be heard from behind it was the sound of automatic rifles being reloaded"
Torture and violence in 2020 – Ihar’s story

Torture and violence in 2020 – Ihar’s story

28 years old, freelancer. "I have decided that I'd rather take to the streets and get hit in the head than be ashamed of sitting everything out at home"
Torture and abuse in 2020 – Aliaksei’s story

Torture and abuse in 2020 – Aliaksei’s story

25 years old. "We cannot win without a fight, and the situation can't be resolved peacefully anymore"
Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Aksana D.

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Aksana D.

22 years old, freelancer. "I was told that child protection workers were going to pay us a visit. That's what sent me reeling"
Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Masha M.

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Masha M.

22 years old, journalist. "I didn't even know Akrestsina existed."
Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Viachaslau

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Viachaslau

29 years old, traumatologist. "I have seen all kinds of wounds, but I've never seen such violence."
Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Maksim M.

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Maksim M.

19 years old, student. "I was not afraid, I thought that whatever was going to happen would happen anyway. But all this was definitely a shock."
Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Aliaksei B.

Torture and abuse in 2020 – story of Aliaksei B.

On the evening of August 10, the police beat Aliaksei up so hard that he fully regained consciousness only in a hospital emergency room after a surgery.
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