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Dramatic Arrest of Journalist by Belarus Highlights US Targeting of Snowden in 2013

“Downing aircraft to pursue the arrest of dissidents has always been outrageous,” the NSA whistleblower said Monday. By Kenny Stancil While the dramatic arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich by the Belarusian government over the weekend was fiercely condemned worldwide, press freedom advocates…

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: How she took on an authoritarian leader despite her fears

In just a few months the opposition figure went from unknown stay-at-home mom to the leader of democratic Belarus. She told DW she’s proud of both roles, and says that for millions of women, “the inner strength awoke.” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was a political…

Trending Rights Tweets of 2020

Helicopters in the United States. Bullets in Nigeria. Security forces in Belarus. Water cannon in Thailand. Countries around the world sought to quash peaceful protest in 2020, before and after the pandemic, but people seeking freedom and demanding change took…

Belarus: End ongoing human rights violations, UN rights chief urges

The human rights situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate, particularly with respect to peaceful assembly, the UN rights chief said on Friday, urging the government to put an end to ongoing violations and “take steps towards a genuine, respectful and…

The Endgame in Belarus is in View

The odds appear to be still in favour of President Alexander Lukashenko. Possibly, Moscow is also betting on that. M.K. Bhadrakumar After a lull of the past 3-4 weekends, the anti-government protests in Minsk, Belarus, roared back to life today. This comes…

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets of the week: The Trump administration cannot find the parents of 545 children it separated; HRW documented Azerbaijan using banned weapons; justice served in Greece as the leadership of the neo-Nazi GoldenDawn party was sent…

Are Belarusian Cyber-partisans from Lithuania?

BY KASPARAS JANKAUSKAS Belarusian Cyber-partisans again have made problem for the Lukashenko’s regime. They recently have attacked the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, United Payment and Information space (electronic system created for instant payment for goods or services) and…

Belarus: Scores of women arrested in anti-Lukashenko protest

Police in Belarus have rounded up dozens of women at a protest against embattled President Alexander Lukashenko. The authoritarian leader riled his opponents further this week by holding a secret swearing-in ceremony. Hundreds of women joined a protest in the…

Lithuanian leaders, Tikhanovskaya condemn Lukashenko’s inauguration

Lithuania does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate leader of Belarus, Lithuanian officials commented on reports about his inauguration in Minsk. Meanwhile, Svetlana Tikhanovkaya said the inauguration marked the official end of Lukashenko’s presidency. Belarusian state media reported on…

Foreign Minister bans 30 Belarusian officials from entry to Latvia

In line with the Cabinet’s decisions, and in coordination with the Foreign Ministries of Estonia and Lithuania, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has taken the decision to place 30 Belarusian officials on Latvia’s list of personae non gratae, the Foreign…

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