Private Information Advisory Institution “Region 119”

research / education / psychological and social assistance / legal assistance

Belarus. Minsk

Coverage: Belarus

Type: NGO/NPO/Social Enterprise

Description: The Private Information Advisory Institution “Region 119” officially registered by Minsk City Municipal Executive Committee on April 8th, 2015, following the forced liquidation of the legal entities-predecessors.

According to the Statute, the main activity of the PIAI "Region 119” is the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of convicts and other persons whose rights are violated by the representatives of law enforcement and the judiciary of Belarus. However, we do not leave unattended any human rights violations and either forward such cases to partner organizations or provide advice and other assistance to the applicants to the best of our ability.

At the moment, “Region 119” is the only human rights organization that has access to the penitentiary system of Belarus. Regular visits to penal institutions in the country allow us to assess the real situation in the penitentiary system of Belarus.

The human rights organization "Region 119" is not aimed at protecting the rights and freedoms of a particular group of convicts, there is no such a thing as "bad" or "good" crimes, we do not evaluate the committed crimes from the point of morality or public decency. The only criterion for us is the observance of the law in respect of every person in the places of detention, irrespective of their political views, religious beliefs or racial background.

Aims and objectives: Human Rights in the Penitentiary System.

Main activities: Monitoring, legal assistance, legislative changes, assistance on all issues in the penitentiary system.


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