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Spotlight: Free Expression & the Law | Belarus

Elena Tonkacheva

Elena Tonkacheva

In January 2015, one of Belarus's 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. Her requests for a reduction in the length of her banning order have been repeatedly turned down.

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  • Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus
  • Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

    "Journalists covering protests are not committing a crime; they are doing their jobs," said CPJ. "Belarusian authorities should drop the absurd charges against Ales Levchuk, Milana Kharitonova, and all journalists who have been detained for their work, and should cease trying to intimidate the news media."

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  • CoE urged to include Belarus in platform monitoring journalists' safety
  • CoE urged to include Belarus in platform monitoring journalists' safety

    Partners of the Council of Europe Platform for the Promotion of Journalism and the Protection of Journalists are deeply concerned by the aggravating current situation in Belarus regarding the mass detention of journalists.

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