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Belarus: Independent Trade Unions in the line of fire

Index Number: EUR 49/4016/2021

During the tumultuous events of August 2020 many people chose to express their peaceful opposition to the election results at their workplace, through industrial action. Some faced administrative detention, and some criminal prosecution for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly. For many it was a turning point at which they realised how little support they had from official trade unions. They attempted to set up independent trade unions, and in response they faced reprisals in the workplace.

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