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Pavel Sapelka

HRD, Lawyer

Torture is a problem that should never be forgotten. This is often a hidden problem, because the administration of prisons and those who can in one way or another use torture and cruel and inhuman treatment work like mad to silence these facts.

Pavel Sapelka is a well-known lawyer, member of Presidium of Minsk City Bar, who has worked at the legal consultation office No 2, Savetsky district, Minsk since 1994.

After the wave of violence that followed the presidential election of December 2010, the human rights situation in Belarus deteriorated rapidly and remains poor after the crackdown. Human rights defenders (HRDs) are subjected to intimidation and harassment, including judicial harassment, restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, movement, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment.