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[VIRTUAL] Media Under Attack in Belarus: International Action Needed as Human Rights Crisis Intensifies

The human rights crisis in Belarus has intensified. At the start of the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, with both Belarus and freedom of opinion and expression on the Council’s agenda, this online event will update states on the recent deterioration and identify further concrete action to protect human rights in Belarus.


Polina Sadovskaya, Eurasia Program Director, PEN America


  • Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania
  • Anaïs Marin, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus
  • Natallia Pratasevich, mother of arrested blogger Raman Pratasevich
  • Hanna Liubakova, journalist and former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow
  • Taciana Niadbaj, Executive Director and Vice President, PEN Belarus
  • Matthew Jones, International Advocacy Officer, Human Rights House Foundation
  • Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, United States
  • Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles, Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Eamon Gilmore, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights
  • Jeppe Kofod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • Eva-Maria Liimets, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia
  • Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Latvia
  • Zbigniew Rau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland
  • Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia


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Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.