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Spotlight: Belarus

Profile: Svetlana Alexievich

Profile: Svetlana Alexievich

Nobel Prize-winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich's books give voice to people, particularly women, who have lived through war and the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Profile: Elena Tonkacheva

In January 2015, one of Belarus’ foremost human rights defenders, Elena Tonkacheva, was deported and ordered not to return for three years. Her crime? Minor traffic violations for which she was accused of being a “threat to public order”, a decision described as absurd and clearly in retribution for her many years’ dogged pursuit of justice for others.

Free Expression & the Law | Belarus

  • Six political prisoners released ahead of elections
  • Six political prisoners released ahead of elections

    Domestic groups are skeptical about the move signifying real change for Belarus’ repressive regime, especially considering that three other people have recently been detained on apparently politically motivated charges, and many view the pardon as a strategic move by Lukashenka ahead of the next presidential elections, scheduled for October.

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