Belarus: UN rights body should ensure accountability for rights abuses

“The floor was dirty with blood and mud .... It was difficult to breathe. If we put our head to the side, they beat us....”
This is just one quote from dozens of testimonies by victims of police torture and ill-treatment Human Rights Watch recorded in Belarus in August, after mass protests erupted there over highly contested presidential elections and the authorities’ arrest of close to 7,000 people in just 4 days.