Author: Hanna Liubakova

2019 WPI Fellow

Freelance journalist, Outride.rs
Minsk, Belarus
Bio: Hanna is an investigative journalist and researcher from Belarus. For the past six years she has written for various Belarusian and international media outlets. Her prior experience includes radio, digital and television production, including work for Radio Free Europe as a recipient of Vaclav Havel Fellowship. She also worked as a Belsat TV presenter and correspondent from Prague, London, Warsaw and Brussels, among others.

Website: https://medium.com/@hanna.liubakova
Twitter: @HannaLiubakova

#Belarus I hope the International Olympic Committee will do everything possible to ensure safety of all Belarusian athletes, both in Belarus and abroad. They've been repressed en masse and deprived of their right and means to perform sports. Hope other governments will help too

This is the reality of tyranny - it reaches beyond borders and undermines freedoms around the world. Ignoring it allows it to grow. Already Belarus has brought down an airliner, silenced journalists at home and violated elections. https://twitter.com/hannaliubakova/status/1421781150868066309

In August, more than 1000 Belarusian athletes signed an open letter to the government demanding to stop violence. Dozens of them ended up in prison. Many were fired. I hope Kryscina Tsimanouskaya will be safe. But this and other cases of repressions need a strong response.

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