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Belarus’s Political Crackdown Affects Everyday Life

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image View of the Catholic Church in Hrodna, Belarus.  © Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch This October, my colleague and I spent a few days in Hrodna, Belarus’s fifth largest city and a key cultural hub, documenting abuses against migrants, mainly from the Middle East, who came through there on their way to the Polish border. Central Hrodna is charming, with beautiful churches, coffee shops, and terraces. It might have once been bustling with tourists. But no more. A young woman overheard us speaking English and asked, wide-eyed, “What are you doing here?”, “We’re visiting,”…


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