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Photo: Yauheniya Stryzhak / Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

“It was in spring 2020, during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic when I started feeling that the situation was changing… Belarusians were changing.”

Voices of Women Human Rights Defenders: Belarus

As protests in Belarus have continued to make headlines across the world since the 9 August 2020 presidential election the face of this movement has been unmistakably female. In this interview, Human Rights House Foundation speaks to Tatsiana Reviaka about her experiences leading up to, and immediately after the election. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The interview can be read in Russian here.

“The government demonstrated that it couldn’t care less about the people. The head of state shared cynical comments about victims of the virus. The authorities suppressed, or distorted, the truth about the actual situation. The people began coming together to help each other, and especially the sick ones.” …


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Image courtesy of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

By Maria Dahle, Director of Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) and Bernt Hagtvet, professor of political science at Bjørknes University College and Chair of the Board, HRHF,

The following article is a translation of an op-ed originally published 26.10.2020 in the Norwegian newspaper VG.

For weeks we have been following the protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus. …


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Photo: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

“The very first women-only protest happened at midday on Wednesday, 12 August 2020. Women all dressed in white gathered in central Minsk, to show that we protesters are peaceful, and we are against violence.”

Voices of Women Human Rights Defenders

As protests in Belarus have continued since the 9 August 2020 presidential election, the face of this movement has been female. In this interview, Maryia Sliaptsova, a human rights lawyer, talks to Human Rights House Foundation about her experience during the protests. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

“The registration of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya happened partly because [President] Lukashenka did not see a woman as a possible opponent, she was ‘weak’ in his eyes. …

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