Belarus: “It’s enough for people to feel it exists” : Civil society, secrecy and surveillance in Belarus

Index number: EUR 49/4306/2016. Activists in Belarus are subject to unchecked government surveillance with no independent oversight. The government uses telecoms companies to facilitate surveillance by demanding direct, remote-control access to customer communications and data. Against the background of an already restrictive legal environment, this creates a chilling effect that forces activists out of public life.

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