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Head of Belarusian Helsinki Committee Aleh Hulak dies

17 December 2022

Sad news about the passing of Oleg Hulak reached us unexpectedly last night. It is hard to believe and process what happened.


Oleg was one of the leading human rights experts in Belarus, specializing in the UN human rights system, treaty bodies and special procedures. For many years he cooperated closely with this Office, helping to integrate HR principles in various aspects of development cooperation. He played an active role in preparation of the national HR Action Plan, also worked with us in promoting human rights-based programming.  Under his leadership, in 2022 the Belarus Helsinki Committee was granted observer status at the UN Economic and Social Council.

One could always count on his wisdom, knowledge, openness, and humor. Not everything we discussed was possible, much has changed.

His life was cut way too short, but his gentle legacy will last and inspire us for long.

Rest in peace, Oleg.

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