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Dzmitry Salauyou

Dzmitry Salauyou

Human Rights Centre Viasna (HRC Viasna)

Dzmitry Salauyou is a human rights defender and member of the Board of the Human Rights Centre Viasna (HRC Viasna). Dzmitry Salauyou has been engaged in human rights activities for more than 20 years, previously he headed the Novopolotsk branch of the HRC Viasna. Dzmitry Salauyou is one of the organizers of independent election observation in Belarus within the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections", including the elections in 2020, as well as a participant in many international independent election observation missions. The human rights defender also engages in the work of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

HRDs are systematically subjected to intimidation and harassment, including judicial harassment, restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, and movement, as well as arbitrary detention and conviction, ill-treatment and defamation, searches of offices and personal belongings, and confiscations of equipment. The widespread impunity of law enforcement officers contributes to even further human rights violations and retaliations against HRDs.