Tatsiana Hatsura-Yavorskaya

human rights defender, released

Former prisoner

Date of detention: 5 April 2021

Date of release: 15 April 2021

Tatsiana Hatsura-Yavorskaya is a human rights activist, head of the Zvyano association. Tatsiana is a mother of four and an organizer of many cultural initiatives and events.

On April 5, 2021, the police searched the activist's apartment and summer house, as well as the office of the association Zvyano, which she heads. Tatsiana and four other people involved in the exhibition “Machine is Breathing and I Am Not”, dedicated to Belarusian doctors and the challenges they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the politicization of the health care system, were detained and placed in the detention center in Akrestsin Street. It later became known that all five had stood administrative trials and were found guilty of disobeying lawful orders or demands of law enforcement officers. Tatsiana Hatsura-Yavorskaya was sentenced to a fine of 1,450 rubles. However, Tatsiana was not released from the detention center, but was re-arrested as part of a criminal case and transferred to the pre-trial detention center in Valadarski Street.

On April 15, she was released from custody without a charge.

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