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Łukasz Grajewski

EU: Swedish Star in Solidarity with Ales Bialiatski

Loreen is a Swedish songstress, whose career flies high after the victory in Eurovision Song Contest. But her forte, besides above-average voice and beauty, is her attitude towards human rights protection.

Loreen, źródło: Facebook artystki

Loreen, source: Facebook profile of the artist

The Swedish singer performed on a scene in Vitebsk, Belarus, at the “Slavic Bazaar” festival – the biggest music event organized by the state – held on 12 July 2012. News about Loreen’s appearance sparked criticism, pointing out that it is a way of endorsing the regime. The artist, however, responded by meeting with Natalia Pinchuk, the wife of imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, and representatives of Viasna organization. They talked about a deteriorating situation of human rights in the country as well as of Bialiatski himself. Not for the first time did the 29-year-old manifest her views. During her Eurovision visit in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Swede also met with Azeri human rights defenders.

The songstress in a t-shirt with Bialiatski’s image:

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/LOREEN_TALHAOUI/status/224237167545823232″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/LOREEN_TALHAOUI/status/224116372500779008″]

The document about Ales Bialiatski and his family:

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Loreen in Vitebsk:

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Łukasz Grajewski

Socjolog, absolwent Studium Europy Wschodniej UW. Pracował w administracji publicznej, aktywny w trzecim sektorze (Fundacja Wspólna Europa, Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana, Inicjatywa Wolna Białoruś). Autor licznych publikacji o Europie Wschodniej w polskich mediach.

Contact: l.grajewski@eastbook.eu

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