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Human Rights Watch called on the UN to examine violence in Belarus

Representatives of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch urged the UN special Rapporteur on Belarus to investigate the violence after the recent presidential election, said on the organization's website.

"The UN special Rapporteur on Belarus should immediately investigate the violence after the elections and to provide urgent updated information to the public, as well as recommendations for action to the protection and responsibility in response to increasing tough measures by the government and serious human rights violations," reads the statement.

Human rights activists also urged the police of Belarus to immediately stop the use of excessive force and to respect the fundamental rights of citizens.

The evening of 9 August, after the presidential elections in Belarus, a victory which, according to preliminary data of the CEC won the head of the country for more than 26 years, Alexander Lukashenko, in a number of cities began a massive illegal protest. They continued on Monday and Tuesday. Protesters in Central Minsk erecting barricades out of garbage cans. The militia used against them tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades, and drove the protesters from the city centre.

According to the interior Ministry of Belarus, on Sunday detained about 3 thousand people, Monday 2 thousand. In hospitals there are more than 200 victims. One protester was killed when trying to throw an explosive device at the direction of law enforcement.