Belarus: Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers

Belarusian authorities have unrolled systematic and widespread repression targeting lawyers who represent clients in politically motivated cases or who shed light on rights abuses, Human Rights Watch, the Belarusian Association of Human Rights Lawyers, and the Right to Defence Project said in a report released today.

The 95-page report, "'I Swear to Fulfill the Duties of Defense Lawyer Honestly and Faithfully': Politically Motivated Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers in Belarus," documents the near complete government takeover of the legal profession in Belarus and repression against human rights lawyers by Aliaksandr Lukashenka's government.

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