Watch the webinar in Russian here.

The presidential election in Belarus in August 2020 led to widespread peaceful protests and then to human rights violations and abuses. At this side event to the UN Human Rights Council’s 50th session, hear from experts as they share important details about the most serious human rights issues going on in Belarus today. The experts will share information on how to support freedom of expression and cultural rights in Belarus. Moderated by PEN America’s Eurasia Programs Director Polina Sadovskaya, the event featured analysis from a new 2022 report by Anais Marin, UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus.


  • Polina Sadovskaya, Eurasia Program Director at PEN America

Opening Statements

  • Mantas Adomenas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
  • Michele Taylor, US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council


  • Anaïs Marin, UN Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in Belarus
  • Taciana Niadbaj, Vice-president of PEN Belarus
  • Aleh Aheyeu, Deputy Director of Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ)
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Valery Kavaleuski, Head of Cabinet, Belarus Opposition Leader S. Tsikhanouskaya
  • Matthew Jones, International Advocacy Officer of the Human Rights House Foundation

Event co-sponsored by Article 19, FIDH, International Bar association, as well as the permanent missions to the United Nations in Geneva of: European Union, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, France, Romania, Finnland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Luxemburg, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Japan, Australia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Iceland and Norway.