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Tanya Hatsura-Yavorska

HRD, Director
NGO Zvyano

Tanya Hatsura-Yavorska is a woman human rights defender and the director of the public association “Zvyano” (Link in the chain). The organization assists people in difficult life situations through fundraising and public campaigns, is involved in human rights education and  advocacy. Tania Hatsura-Yavorska organises an annual human rights documentary film festival, Watch Doc Belarus, which aims to bring public attention to human rights issues in Belarus and the wider region, as well as numerous other cultural projects.


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.


Tanya Yavorska, Belarus - Testimony at the 2017 Dublin Platform