The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic condemns the non-registration of the key presidential candidates opposing Aliaksandr Lukashenka in the coming presidential elections and demands an immediate release of all activists, politicians, journalists and bloggers detained in Belarus for political reasons.
The non-registration of candidates representing the democratic opposition is another clear proof that the current presidential elections in Belarus are neither free nor fair. This adds to the facts that the local electoral commissions have been formed without the participation of the democratic opposition and that opposition candidates face political repressions and are unable to run electoral campaigns in accordance with commonly accepted democratic standards.
The BNR Rada calls for new presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Belarus to be held in presence of international observers and in full compliance with international standards and the democratic values stated in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. Aliaksandr Lukashenka has no legal right to run for office at these elections.
The existence of a brutal authoritarian regime in a European country should not be tolerated by democratic Europe. The BNR Rada calls on all democratic nations to put political and economic pressure on the authoritarian regime in Belarus with the aim to ensure free and fair elections.
The reluctance of some Western politicians to place demands for democratic elections and respect for human rights above economic pragmatism in their relations with Belarus is the key reason for the presence of new political prisoners in Belarus every five years at the time of elections. Belarusians remain the last nation in Europe who is not able to enjoy the freedoms and rights all European neighbours of Belarus enjoy.
The BNR Rada draws attention to the closed and non-public interactions between the regimes of Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin, which continue in the current troubled times for Belarus and which will include a personal meeting of A. Lukashenka and V. Putin, scheduled for 30 June in Rzhev, Russia.
The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (the BNR Rada) condemns the torture and the mistreatment of the arrested politicians, including Pavаl Sieviarynets, who opened his veins in protest against the mistreatment by the prison administration. Torture and mistreatment violate the law and are absolutely unacceptable for a modern European country, which Belarus should be.
The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (the BNR Rada) condemns the arrests the of politicians and public activists in Belarus that have been taking place during the current election campaign for the President of the Republic of Belarus.
On 3 June 1988, the newspaper Litaratura i mastactva published the article written by Zianon Paźniak titled Kurapaty, the road of death (Курапаты – дарога смерці).
For the first time, the article told the story of mass shootings by Soviet secret police in the forest of Kurapaty near Minsk.
The article ignited mass interest towards the topic of Communist terror in the Belarusian society. It became a starting point for the awakening of the Belarusian society in the late 1980s – very soon, the people demanded democratic reforms and, eventually, the restoration of the independence of Belarus from the Soviet Union.
In October that year, the Belarusian Popular Front was established – the movement that became the key driving force of the restoration of Belarusian independence in 1991.
In view of the announcement by the official authorities of Belarus of the election of the President of the Republic of Belarus on August 9, 2020 and the beginning of the nomination of candidates, the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic declares the following:
Declaration adopted at the Session of the BNR Rada in Osterhofen (Germany), December 1947.
At this Session, the BNR Rada has announced the resumption of its work after a four-year break due to World War II and the death of the previous President, Vasil Zacharka, whose powers were temporarily taken over by Mikola Abramčyk. Representatives of the numerous new wave of exiles from Belarus have joined the BNR Rada.
29 February, Washington, D.C.: Viačasłaŭ Bortnik, member of the Presidium of the BNR Rada, took part in a public commemoration of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian democratic opposition leader murdered five years ago: