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Belarus Authorities ‘Purge’ Human Rights Defenders

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski speaks after he and the Belarusian human rights organization Vjasna were awarded the 2020 Right Livelihood Award during the 2020 awarding ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on December 3, 2020. © 2020 ANDERS WIKLUND/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images On October 6, we learned that one of Belarus’s top human rights defenders, Ales Bialiatski, has been charged with tax evasion and faces up to seven years in prison. Bialiatski has been behind bars since his July 14 arrest, but the exact charges against him had been unknown,…

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