Spotlight: Free Expression & the Law Belarus
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.