Back to top

Taciana Lasica

Gomel branch of the Human Rights Centre Viasna

Taciana Lasica is a woman human rights defender and local activist from Rechyca. She also a volunteer of the Gomel branch of the Human Rights Centre Viasna. She advocates for the abolition of the list of professions prohibited for women in Belarus, for the opening of kindergartens and schools and the renovation of roads in Rechyca. As a colleague of human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka, Taciana Lasica helped him to prepare individual complaints and appeals to courts on behalf of victims of human rights violations.

The environment for the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Belarus has continuously deteriorated since an authoritarian political regime was established there in 1994. 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.