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Rada BNR protests extraordinary brutal actions of the Lukashenka regime

Statement

by the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in Exile

20th December 2010

The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (the BNR Rada) protests the extraordinary brutal actions perpetrated by the anti-Belarusian regime of Lukashenka against the participants of peaceful street protests in Miensk on 19 December 2010.

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RADA BNR APPLAUDS THE COURAGEOS ACT OF SIARHIEJ KAVALENKA

RADA BNR APPLAUDS THE COURAGEOS ACT OF SIARHIEJ KAVALENKA

January, 16 2010

The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (BNR) in Exile applauds the courageous act of the Belarusian patriots in Vitebsk, who on January 7th raised the prohibited white-red-white flag to the top of the city’s Christmas tree, the tallest in the country. The BNR Rada demands the immediate release of Siarhiej Kavalenka, an activist of the Conservative Christian Party of BPF who was arrested for this act.

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Memorandum of the Executive Council of the Rada BNR on the presidential elections in Belarus

Memorandum by the Executive Council

of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic

March, 20 2006

1. The Executive Council of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in Exile (BNR Rada) having considered the 19 March 2006 presidential elections in Belarus as well as the preceding and subsequent events, and noting in particular that

  • the nomination of Alexander Lukashenka for presidency for the third term was unconstitutional and no democratic legitimacy had been secured for a revision of that norm;
  • in the course of the presidential campaign the incumbent regime effectively denied the electorate access to information necessary for making a free and informed choice;
  • the “elections” that took place on 19 March 2006 were neither free nor fair, and although the authenticity of the figures released has not been supported by any evidence, the results were forced on society solely by application of massive police violence; hereby concludes and declares that Alexander Lukashenka shall not be regarded as occupying the position of the President of Belarus legitimately, and therefore the office of the head of state in Belarus shall be regarded as usurped.

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Memorandum on the tender by the European Commission for broadcasts to Belarus

Memorandum by the Executive Council

of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic

12 August 2005

The Executive Council of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, having considered the results of the European Commission tender whereby the contract for radio broadcasts to Belarus was granted to the Deutsche Welle Russian service: Continue reading Memorandum on the tender by the European Commission for broadcasts to Belarus

Declaration by the Executive Council of Rada BNR on the official policies toward the Union of Poles in Belarus

Declaration by the Executive Council of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic

11 August 2005

The Executive Council of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (BNR Rada) has considered the policies and administrative measures of the regime holding power in Belarus toward the Union of Poles in Belarus, and the circumstances of current crisis in diplomatic relations between the said regime and the Republic of Poland, and has issued the following declaration:

The present conflict has developed as a direct result of the regime’s consistent policy that treats any public activities beyond its control as political dissent and hence subject to suppression.

The policy of suppressing independent non-governmental organisations has been recently extended to ethnic minorities, namely the Union of Poles in Belarus. Increasingly desperate for total control in Belarus and hostile to the entire civilised world, the regime of A. Lukashenka has shown little regard for international public opinion while conducting its policy to take over or eradicate any public organisation in the country.

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Address to Conference “Belarus – our new neighbour” in Czech Senate (20.3.2004)

Honorable Senators, Dear Friends,

I would like to express my deep gratitude to the organizers of this event, dedicated to the European future of Belarus.

Blessed with an excellent geopolitical situation, at the crossroads of Europe, Belarus has not had a chance as yet to benefit from this advantage. On the contrary, it has made our country one of the most coveted, and thus vulnerable places in Europe. Innumerable wars have been fought by strangers on our land, our people have been decimated over and over again. And for a long time, we had no friends to defend our cause. We were the best kept secret in Europe.

The Soviet system has left our long suffering, Chernobyl stricken people, with one single concern – their physical survival. The instinct of survival has evolved in Belarus to a degree unknown to many nations. Thanks to their survival skills, the Belarusian people continue to exist, but are hesitant to assert themselves in the face of the challenges they endure in daily life, and the dangers they face under a government that violently discourages freedom of speech. This may be why the development of democratic values in Belarus, though present, seems at times stalled.

However, our young generations admire Western values and long to become part of this so much admired European family of nations. And Belarusian intelligentsia, who has always looked to the West, is ready to defend their European heritage. Historically, Belarus is much connected to Prague itself. I would like to mention Dr. Francisak   Skaryna, who printed the first Belarusian Bible in Prague, and returned to your lovely land to spend here the last years of his life. More recently, the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic has been active for 23 years in this hospitable city. And I would like to add our highly revered Vasil Bykau, with whom I spent our National Day one year ago here in Prague.

Dear Friends, it is on behalf of our youth and of our freedom fighters that I have come to ask – again – for your help. Every young Belarusian should have the possibility to study without being brainwashed, and without being forced to become a member of Lukashenka’s youth organization.

Freedom and democracy are concepts that are learned, nurtured and fostered. As such, they require exposure, free thinking, and the subsequent conviction to generate change. Every Belarusian should learn firsthand about the concept of freedom. Our young people need opportunities to study abroad, our decision makers need Western experience in the fields of economy, education, health and ecology, our freedom fighters need help to inform our people about such basic things as human rights…

The Lukashenka-driven and cultivated isolation of Belarus threatens to extinguish the hope for a different future. The members of the European Union will, perhaps unknowingly, contribute to this isolation by closing the borders between Belarus and the European Union.

The future of Belarus is not to be half way between Europe and Russia as some misled politicians think. It is not a no-mans land nor a consolation price in political negotiation. Belarus is a nation whose geography, history and identity define its place – and whose potential as a contributor to the future of Europe rests in the political decisions of our time.

If I were allowed to make one single request today – it would be to ask you to become participants in the defense of an old European nation by ensuring that Europe remains open to Belarus.

Ottawa, March 15, 2004

Ivonka Survilla
The President of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic

Belarus Receives Assurances from the U.S., Great Britain and Russia to Respect Its Independence, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

The 52-nation Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) held a summit in Budapest on December 5-6, 1994. For Belarus, the summit is important in that Presidents Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Aleksander Lukashenka and Prime Minister John Major signed a memorandum of security assurances in which the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom reaffirm their commitment to respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus. The added significance to Belarus is that Russia has signed the memorandum to abide by the commitment.

Following is an excerpt from the memorandum relating to Belarus:

Following is the text of the memorandum on security assurances signed by the U.S., Belarus, Russia and the United Kingdom.

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Belarus, Welcoming the accession of the Republic of Belarus to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear-weapon state, Taking into account the commitment of the Republic of Belarus to eliminate all nuclear weapons from its territory within a specified period of time.

Noting the changes in the worldwide security situation. including the end of the Cold War which have brought about conditions for deep reductions in nuclear forces.

Confirm the following:

  1. The United States of America, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reaffirm their commitment to the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of the Republic of Belarus.
  2. The United States of America. the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat of use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of the Republic of Belarus and that none of their weapons will ever be used against the Republic of Belarus except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
  3. The United States of America, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reaffirm their commitment to the Republic of Belarus, in accordance with the Principles of the CSCE Final Act, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by the Republic of Belarus of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind.
  4. The United States of America, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to the Republic of Belarus, as a non- nuclear-weapon state party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if the Republic of Belarus should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used.
  5. The United States of America, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reaffirm in the case of the Republic of Belarus their commitment not to use nuclear weapons against any non- nuclear-weapon state party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, except in the case of an attack on themselves, their territories or dependent territories, their armed forces, or their all1es, by such a state in association or alliance with a nuclear-weapon state.
  6. The United States of America, the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation. and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments.

This Memorandum will come into effect upon signature.

Signed in four copies having equal validity in the English. Belarusian and Russian languages.