Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced the launch of the Unified Crime Record Book. The platform will collect evidence of arrests, torture and beatings, as well as the names of those who committed them.
The project was implemented by the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration, which is headed by Pavel Latushko, and the BYPOL initiative.
“The Unified Crime Record Book is an online platform where every victim, either a witness or an accomplice in a crime, can upload information about a crime with evidence. Each crime will be first checked by lawyers and only then published. That is the Unified Crime Registration Book is basically a unified register of crimes with evidence and criminals,” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya explained at an online press conference.
As part of the People’s Tribunal we launch the Unified Crime Record Book together with the Nat. Anti-Crisis Management & the ByPol found. People can record law violations by the regime which will allow lawyers to initiate criminal proceedings both abroad & in the new #Belarus. pic.twitter.com/i6EIVvLilO
— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) December 1, 2020
Tikhanovskaya noted that the book was created primarily for the law enforcement officers involuntarily “involved in a repressive machine”, but who are ready to plead guilty.
“This will become a serious mitigation of punishment for them or even exemption of liability in the future, when the judicial system is restored in the new Belarus. Or, if a person serving in internal affairs bodies witnessed that his colleague committed a crime, he can report this anonymously and get a special code on a website that will be taken into account when his own case is considered,” added Tikhanovskaya.
Also, the “Book” was created for the Belarusians who have become witnesses and victims of torture and violence by security forces and members of election commissions.
“The Unified Crime Registration Book is not a trial, it doesn’t pass sentences. It only collects data for subsequent investigation and initiation of criminal cases. In this process, my personal task is to foward the data of the “Book” to a free and fair court in the new Belarus,” said Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Pavel Latushko , Head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration and member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, added that the “Unified Crime Registration Book” is a cumulative base.
“I would name two goals of the Book: gathering of information about crimes and being a catalyst for the destruction of the regime. Through witness confessions and evidence supplied to us, we will know the names of those who still believe in impunity. This will help to mitigate the punishment or may even allow those who take the side of the people to avoid criminal liability,” said Latushko.
According to Latushko, the project was created by former employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, prosecutors, investigators, experts of criminal law, lawyers, attorneys, judges and software engineers.
Andrei Astapovich, a creator of the BYPOL initiative, explained that they would not publish the data of the “Book” until the “people’s tribunal”, which was previously announced by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
“This will be done so that people can make a confession,” Astapovich explained.