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Human Rights in Crisis, Belarus 2022

The presidential election in Belarus in August 2020 led to widespread peaceful protests and then to human rights violations and abuses. At this side event to the UN Human Rights Council’s 50th session, hear from experts as they share important details about the most serious human rights issues going on in Belarus today. The experts will share information on how to support freedom of expression and cultural rights in Belarus. Moderated by PEN America’s Eurasia Programs Director Polina Sadovskaya, the event will feature extensive analysis from a new report by Anais Marin, UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus.



  • Polina Sadovskaya, Eurasia Program Director at PEN America
  • Mantas Adomenas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
  • Anais Marin, UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus
  • Taciana Niadbaj, Executive Director and vice-president of PEN Belarus
  • Pavel Sapelko, lawyer of the Human Rights Center Viasna
  • Aleh Aheyeu, Deputy Director of Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ)
  • Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Michele Taylor, US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council
  • Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Matthew Jones, International Advocacy Officer of the Human Rights House Foundation
  • Valery Kavaleuski, Head of Cabinet, Belarus Opposition Leader S. Tsikhanouskaya


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