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Maryia Tarasenko

Maryia Tarasenka

WHRD, Volunteer
Human Rights Centre Viasna

Maryia Tarasenka is a woman human rights defender and a volunteer of the Gomel branch of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”. She has actively opposed the unpopular presidential tax decree against “social parasites” targeting those not in full-time employment. The Gomel branch of the HRC Viasna provides legal support to victims of human rights violations and helps them to prepare individual complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

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.