Prominent human rights defender Barys Zvozskau remembered two years after death

2014 2014-06-17T14:15:13+0300 2014-06-17T14:15:13+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Barys Zvozskau

Barys Zvozskau

The second anniversary of the premature death of the well-known Belarusian human rights activist Barys Zvozskau is marked today, June 17. Barys Zvozskau would have turned 63 years, the age is not critical, but the disease does not choose.

Barys Zvozskau was widely known and respected in the human rights community in Belarus. One of the founders of the human rights movement in Belarus, Barys Zvozskau headed the association “Legal Initiative”, which has been engaged in providing help to ordinary people. He was named Defender of the Year in 2008.

Barys Zvozskau worked with journalists and activists on legal protection in administrative and criminal proceedings. Experts stress his great contribution to education in the field of human rights among the youth, lawyers and human rights activists, being the first president of the Human Rights House in Vilnius.

On 31 July 2012, in memory of Barys Zvozskau, the Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius officially received the new name – the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House.

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