Protesters Arrested Prior to Rally in Belarus

Several people were detained by police in Belarus’s capital city of Minsk, Sunday, September 13, prior to a planned rally against the country’s leader, Alexander Lukashenko.
READ MORE: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko traveled to the Black Sea resort of Sochi Monday for talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko was expected to seek critical support for his government from the Russian leader in what would be their first meeting since Lukashenko won re-election in disputed balloting last month.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, the United Nations' human rights chief said Monday that allegations of torture during the protests against Lukashenko’s re-election must be investigated.

At the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said, "Given their scale and number, all allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment by the security forces should be documented and investigated, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice."

The council says it will hold an urgent debate on the violence.

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