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Elena Tonkacheva

Centre for Legal Transformation

Elena Tonkacheva is a prominent Belarusian human rights defender working for the promotion and defence of human rights in the country since 1996. Her organisation, Centre for Legal Transformation, is a group of legal experts and activists who work on human rights protection and education and carry out legal analysis.

After the wave of violence that followed the presidential election of December 2010, the human rights situation in Belarus deteriorated rapidly and remains poor after the crackdown. Human rights defenders (HRDs) are subjected to intimidation and harassment, including judicial harassment, restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, movement, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment.