Belarus: New Laws Target Critics in Exile
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Members of the Belarusian diaspora outside the Adam Mickiewicz monument in Krakow, Poland, October 2, 2022.
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(Vilnius, December 22, 2022) – Belarusian parliament passed legislative amendments to a 2002 citizenship law that could be used to target members of the political opposition, activists, and other critics in exile, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law, if endorsed by the president, would allow the president to strip Belarusians abroad of their citizenship, even if they have no other.
After mass protests in August 2020 and the unprecedented repressions that followed, thousands of people fled Belarus, fearing persecution. The exact number of Belarusians in exile because …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch