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  • BAJ representative takes part in UN HRC’s 53rd session

    The representative of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Khvoin, took part in an event held during the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council titled “Freedom of Opinion and Expression in Belarus is in Question”.

    In her speech, Vol­ha Khvoin remind­ed the audi­ence of impris­oned Belaru­sian jour­nal­ists and the cru­el­ty of the state sys­tem. In par­tic­u­lar, she men­tioned the recent sit­u­a­tion of video­g­ra­ph­er Viachaslau Laza­rau and his wife Tat­siana Pyt­sko: first, they arrest­ed Viachaslau and then Tat­siana, leav­ing their one-year-old daugh­ter in an orphan­age.

    Viachaslau Laza­rau was charged with pro­mot­ing extrem­ist activ­i­ties, while Tat­siana Pyt­sko is accused of cre­at­ing or par­tic­i­pat­ing in an extrem­ist for­ma­tion.

    The BAJ rep­re­sen­ta­tive stressed that the com­mu­ni­ty now faces two fun­da­men­tal tasks: demand­ing the release of jour­nal­ists from deten­tion and the pro­tec­tion of the media sec­tor, pro­fes­sion­al staff, and edi­to­r­i­al offices.

    At the ses­sion, Spe­cial Rap­por­teur Anais Marin pre­sent­ed her report on recent devel­op­ments, chal­lenges, and oppor­tu­ni­ties for free­dom of opin­ion and expres­sion and the dete­ri­o­rat­ing human rights sit­u­a­tion in Belarus.

    The event was aimed at inform­ing the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty about the lat­est devel­op­ments regard­ing restric­tions on free­dom of opin­ion and expres­sion in Belarus.

    The par­tic­i­pa­tion of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists in the UN event made it pos­si­ble to remind the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty once again of the real sit­u­a­tion of jour­nal­ists, media work­ers, and civ­il soci­ety in Belarus. The event was orga­nized by the Per­ma­nent Mis­sions of Poland, Lithua­nia, Ger­many, and Japan to the UN.

    The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Atlantic Coun­cil, Anna Lubako­va, who was present at the event, not­ed that Lukashenka’s regime is try­ing to attack those in exile and those inside the coun­try and is mak­ing great efforts to atom­ize peo­ple. Ali­na Koushyk, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Unit­ed Tran­si­tion­al Cab­i­net, who was also present at the meet­ing, addressed the pro­pa­gan­da and aggres­sive pro­mo­tion of Russ­ian stan­dards. She stressed that a free Belarus and Ukraine are a guar­an­tee of Europe’s secu­ri­ty.

    Repres­sion of jour­nal­ists and media in 2023, list of impris­oned jour­nal­ists

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