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.
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.
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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.
Continue reading 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 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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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:
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Statement by the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic
On the Elections to the Chamber of Representatives
of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
on 11 September 2016
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by the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in Exile
28th December 2010
The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (the BNR Rada) expresses its concern regarding the brutal repressions against opposition activists, political and human rights organisations, as well as journalists of the independent mass media, which have been unfolding in Belarus in the wake of the so-called presidential “elections” of 19 December, and which are currently gaining in scale. These repressions have involved not only the activists themselves but also their family members.
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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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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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