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Human Rights Center "Viasna"

Human Rights Center "Viasna" is a non-governmental human rights organization, created in 1996 during mass protest actions of the democratic opposition in the Republic of Belarus. Viasna was initially a group created to help the arrested rally participants and their families. That’s why Viasna originally had the name “Viasna-96”. On 15 June 1999, the organization was registered as the Human Rights Center "Viasna". It is a national NGO with about 200 members all over the country. On 28 October 2003, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus groundlessly cancelled registration of Viasna for its participation in observing the presidential election in 2001. On 6 March 2004, the Human Rights Center "Viasna" became member of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

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