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Belarus Authorities Launch Purge of Civic Groups

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a cabinet meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, July 23, 2021, announcing a "purge" on civil society.  © 2021 Nikolay Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP The Belarusian government is moving to close dozens of organizations that were the backbone of the country’s once vibrant civil society. These groups work on issues such as disability rights, the environment, media freedoms, pensioners’ rights, among others. They include internationally acclaimed organizations like the Belarusian Association of Journalists founded by…

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