‘Criminalizing independent voices’: US envoy Julie Fisher comments on crackdown on Belarus civil society

Julie Fisher. Photo: Belsat

US Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher, who is staying in Vilnius due to the Belarusian foreign ministry’s not issuing a visa to her, commented on the latest cases of persecuting human rights activists in the country.

“The number of detentions is climbing by the hour. The Lukashenka regime’s relentless campaign to criminalize independent voices, human rights defenders and civil society is an outlier in modern Europe and is the cause of Belarus’ international isolation,” she said on Twitter.

On July 14, the security forces made dozens of raids on the offices and flats of NGOs and human rights defenders.

KGB reports ‘large-scale clean-up operation’. Results of Thursday’s attack on press and activists