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Anisiya Kazliuk

Anisiya Kazliuk

Woman Human Rights Defender
Pisma v Kletochku

Anisiya Kazliuk is a woman human right defender who works for “Pisma v Kletochku” an initiative to support political prisoners in Belarus. The woman human rights defender has previously worked at the Viasna Human Rights Centre and was forced to leave Belarus after a crackdown on civil society started due to the rigged presidential election of 2020. In 2018, 21-year-old Anisiya Kazliuk was listed in Forbes’ list of Europe’s most promising people under 30 in the Law and Politics category.


Before the escalation of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation, the key concerns regarding the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Ukraine were characterised mainly by systemic impediments to the rights to freedom of assembly, association, and personal liberty. In many cases, HRDs were subjected to intimidation, harassment, and attacks, while violence against journalists was tolerated by the authorities. The situation was exacerbated by pervasive corruption in all branches of government and limitations on workers’ rights to strike.