Tortures are applied to both political prisoners and ordinary people.
Minsk policemen were torturing pensioner Vasily Sarochyk for 6 hours making him to confess to a theft of gravestones. He didn't take the blame. Sarochyk still cannot understand why policemen are allowed to do everything they want in the country.
Natallia Radzina, the editor-in-chief of charter97.org, said in an interview with Belsat TV that torturing is widely used in Belarus. As the incident with the Minsk pensioner shows, both political prisoners and ordinary people can be tortured.
“I was in the KGB jail and heard men shouting during tortures,” the journalist said. Natallia Radzina noted her confinement conditions fall under the definition of tortures: “I had to sleep on the floor. There was no toilet in the cell. I was escorted to the toilet every four hours.” The journalist stopped drinking water that caused health problems.
The case of Kanavalau and Kavalyou showed that people may confess to any crimes, even those punished with death penalty, under torture, the journalist thinks.
“Torture is applied to everyone. Everyone can face it sooner or later,” the editor of the independent news website. She stressed the police in Belarus cannot be punished and international institutions don't react properly to torture and lawlessness in Belarus.
Radzina told Belsat every citizen should struggle against torture and injustice. “No one except us will do it. We need to change the entire system and regime, otherwise all reforms in the law-enforcement bodies will be futile,” Natallia Radzina said.