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THE FUTURE OF BELARUS SHOULD BE DECIDED BY BELARUSIANS, NOT BY VLADIMIR PUTIN – BNR RADA STATEMENT

The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic expresses its concern at the interference of the Russian authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin in the internal affairs of Belarus in connection with the events following the presidential elections held in August this year.

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THE FUTURE IS IN THE HANDS OF EACH OF US. ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE BNR RADA, IVONKA SURVILLA

Dear fellow Belarusians,

On behalf of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, I congratulate you on August 25, the day of the revival of the independence of Belarus.

This day marks the beginning of the 30th anniversary year of the existence of Belarus as a full-fledged sovereign state. The revival of Belarus was the result of decades of hard struggle. Thousands of people sacrificed their lives and freedom for it.

Our struggle for freedom and democracy is not over yet. Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have overcome their fears in recent weeks and, despite threats from the dictator and his aides, have taken to the streets of their cities to say that Belarus should belong to all its people, not to one person.

Victory over tyranny will not be easy. Belarusians are destined to go through tougher trials than other nations.

I wish all of us strength, endurance and faith in a better future. This future is in the hands of every Belarusian, each and every one of us.

Be brave, be worthy, be strong in spirit to wait for victory and bring it closer. The truth is on our side, and victory will be ours.

Ivonka Survilla
President of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in exile

Belarusians fight for their freedom and for yours. Address by President Ivonka Survilla

Dear friends of Belarus,

Dear leaders of the democratic world, our neighbours in the European Union and Ukraine, our allies in Britain, Canada and the United States, our friends and supporters across the world, from Japan, Israel, Russia and other countries.

Today Belarus is at a historical crossroads.

For 26 years, our country has been ruled by the authoritarian regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. This was a time of lies, corruption and violence; a time of lawlessness, tragedy and disgrace for our nation.

Belarus is Europe’s last dictatorship, this continent’s last country that has still not managed to shrug off the dark legacy of the Soviet regime, to overcome the terrible traumas totalitarianism brought upon our nation.

But now, for the first time in years, Belarus has a real chance to again become a democracy, to become a country ruled by its people and not by the will of one corrupt and indecent person.

Belarus needs your support now.

As we saw just a few days ago, the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka may recourse to any means, including mass terror and killings, to prevent the people of Belarus from taking over and restoring democracy and rule of law in their country.

We need international pressure to be put against all those responsible for police violence and electoral fraud in Belarus.

People in Belarus need your solidarity and moral support in their decisive battle.

Moreover, there are clear indications that this crisis can be used by the nationalistic regime of Vladimir Putin in Russia to undermine the state sovereignty of Belarus. Please help us resist this threat. Please, don’t let Putin take over our country.

By will of the Belarusian people, Aliaksandr Lukashenka is not a legitimate president of Belarus and should not be accepted as such by any democratic country.

Belarus needs new democratic presidential elections and a constitutional reform cancelling the dictatorial laws introduced by Lukashenka during his 26-years-long autocratic and illegitimate rule.

Belarus is now at the forefront of humanity’s struggle for freedom against oppression, for democracy against dictatorship, for peace against hate and violence. In a world where democracy and the values of freedom are every day challenged by forces of corruption, cynical greed, populism and political extremism, Belarus is a battleground of crucial importance.

Please help us win this battle. For this is a battle “For Our Freedom and Yours”, as the historical motto of the Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish resistance movement says. 

Ivonka Survilla
President of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic on Exile

ALIAKSANDR LUKASHENKA BEARS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEATH OF A PROTESTER IN BELARUS – BNR RADA STATEMENT

The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic expresses its sincere condolences and sorrow in connection with the confirmed death of a protester in Minsk.

By authorizing the use of weapons and special equipment against demonstrators, Aliaksandr Lukashenka is personally responsible for the tragedy.

The BNR Rada strongly condemns the falsification of the election results and the violence against peaceful demonstrators who came out to protest against violations of the election law and against the usurpation of power.

By all indications, Aliaksandr Lukashenka has lost the election and cannot be considered the legitimate President of the Republic of Belarus.

The BNR Rada calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners and for new fair presidential elections to be held according to generally accepted democratic standards and without the participation of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

The BNR Rada expresses its solidarity with the peaceful protests in Belarus and calls on Belarusians abroad to actively protest in order to bring information about the situation in Belarus to foreign governments.

The BNR Rada calls on the international community to exert maximum pressure on the Lukashenka regime to end terror against Belarusians and hold new, free elections.

DEMOCRATIC NATIONS MUST PUT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON THE AUTHORITARIAN REGIME IN BELARUS – STATEMENT BY BNR RADA

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.

NON-INVESTIGATION OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BELARUSIAN POLITICIANS MAY INDICATE THAT THE AUTHORITIES DO NOT WANT THE SOCIETY TO KNOW THE TRUTH – STATEMENT BY THE BNR RADA

7 July 2020 marks 20 years since the disappearance and, obviously, murder of cameraman Dzmitry Zavadski, who worked in the film crew of the Belarusian opposition journalist Pavel Sharamet.

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INDEPENDENCE OF BELARUS REMAINS UNDER THREAT – BNR RADA STATEMENT

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.

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VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POLITICAL OPPONENTS DEMONSTRATES THE WEAKNESS OF THE AUTHORITIES – STATEMENT BY THE BNR RADA

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.

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The BNR Rada demands the immediate release of the detained politicians and activists in Belarus

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.

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KURAPATY – THE ROAD OF DEATH

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.

Below an English translation of the article.

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