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.
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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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 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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On November 23, 2019, the BNR Rada has held a meeting with representatives of the main Belarusian democratic political parties and organizations, which are signatories to the joint 2012 Memorandum ‘On measures to safeguard the independence of Belarus’.
Following a discussion of the current situation surrounding the possible signing of documents between the official regime in Minsk and the Russian Federation that could lead to a further integration between Belarus and Russia and to the surrender the independence of Belarus, the participants of the meeting have decided to issue the following statement.
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Address by President Ivonka Survilla at the reburial of the insurgents of 1863-1864 in Vilnia/Vilnius on 22 November 2019.
My dear fellow Belarusians,
Our dear Polish and Lithuanian neighbours and friends,
Today we are witnessing a great historical event. Finally, the heroes of our three nations, the rebels who gave their lives for the freedom of all of us, will find their rest.
Kastuś Kalinoŭski and his comrades have become an inspiration for the Belarusian national liberation movement. Kalinoŭski became a symbol of the struggle of the Belarusian people for freedom, for national and social liberation. “Who do you love? I love Belarus” – this was the code-word of Kalinoŭski’s insurgents. This motto has given an impulse that led to the birth of our modern nation. This phrase remains our code-word, our motto today.
It is a great honour to be the witnesses of the long-awaited honourable funeral of these people. A great honour to pay our respect to their memory.
These heroes unite our three nations: Belarusians, Lithuanians and Poles. Many of them were born on the territory of modern Belarus. They all were patriots of our common historical motherland, the ancient Lithuania. And they have found their rest in a city where all of us – Belarusians, Lithuanians, and Poles alike – are at home: in Vilnia (Vilnius, Wilno).
55 years after their heroic death, the struggle of these insurgents has led to the creation of the independent Belarusian Democratic Republic, Lithuanian Republic and Poland.
The struggle of Kastuś Kalinoŭski and his comrades is a powerful example to us. Even having murdered these men, the enemies have not killed our will to fight for freedom. And decades later, our nations have won, because they were led by the desire to live free.
The independence of Belarus is again threatened today. But with the belief in our truth, which Kalinoŭski has many times mentioned in his articles, we will win. Belarus will be a free and democratic country, as are now our dear neighbours, the Lithuanian Republic and Poland, with whom we are glad to be together on this special day.
An eternal glory and eternal memory to our heroes!
The BNR Rada states that democratic elections, respect of human rights and freedom of speech are the only way to consolidate the Belarusian nation and to end the decades-long international isolation of Belarus in the face of a potential threat to the country’s independence.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY BNR RADA:
The past weeks have seen an activated public discussion of threats to the independence of Belarus from the Russian Federation. Considering the analysis of the situation, and:
– Stating that it is in the national interest of Belarus to reform its economy and to quit all Russian-dominated integrational structures and, in the long-term perspective, to build equal, market-based, friendly and mutually respectful relations with a future democratic Russia;
– Considering that the union treaty with today’s Russia does not respect the will of the Belarusian people, which is interested in having good and close relations with all its neighbours, including Ukraine and the countries of the European Union;
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The BNR Rada announces the awarding of the Belarusian Democratic Republic 100th Jubilee Medal.
According to its Statutes, the medal is awarded for lifelong achievements in the fulfillment of the ideals of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, including research and the popularisation of Belarus, the strengthening of and achievement of the independence of Belarus, and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Belarus.
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Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic actively condemns the violence by the police of the Lukashenka regime against citizens during peaceful demonstrations on March 25, 2017.
Continue reading BNR RADA CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AGAINST DEMONSTRATORS, CALLS FOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON PRO-RUSSIAN REGIME IN BELARUS