This past week: European Parliament votes on Belarus resolution, calls for International Criminal investigation into Lukashenka, authorities purge hundreds of human rights defenders & more. Announcemenets & Past Events Oct 20: Wilson Center: Politics and Civil Society in Belarus a year after mass protests. Event Sponsor: Kennan Institute. Webinar time 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET Oct 15: What the He is going on in Belarus and What do the Russians want?
- We are a bipartisan advocacy organization of Belarusian-Americans working to facilitate a democratic breakthrough in Belarus. We envision a strong Belarusian-American community that positively contributes to the fabric of American society and promotes its democratic values in the global arena.
- Provide support to the democratic movement in Belarus
- Create an informational resource about culture, history, and current events in Belarus
- Offer a platform for discussion of U.S. policy related to Belarus
- Facilitate constructive dialogue between Belarusian and American societies
This past week: European Parliament votes on Belarus resolution, calls for International Criminal investigation into Lukashenka, authorities purge hundreds of human rights defenders & more. Past Events Oct 11: An International Legal Conference was held in Nuremberg organized by the National Anti-Crisis Management of Pavel Latushka and dedicated to justice for the crimes of the Lukashenka regime. Read opening remarks by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Top Stories Oct 7: European Parliament votes for resolution on Belarus
This past week: deadly shooting between protester and KGB officer, arrests over social media comments, major Human Rights organizations liquidation & more Top Stories Sep 29: Shooting in Minsk, dozens detained over social-media comments Belarusian security forces shot dead a 31-year-old man, identified by the pro-democracy opposition as an IT worker with U.S. company EPAM Systems during a raid on Tuesday at an apartment block in the capital Minsk.
This past week: Another migrant death at the Belarus-EU border, KGB crackdown on factory workers & continuing deterioration of freedoms in Belarus Announcements & Events CEPA Forum 2021: Renewing the Transatlantic Alliance in a Contested World. September 28-30. The list of speakers includes prominent political and military figures, as well as leader of democratic Belarus forces Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Learn more & sign up here. Top Stories Sep 24: Fifth migrant dies in Belarus border area
September 23 marks one year since dictator Lukashenka refused to step down after losing the August 2020 presidential election in Belarus and instead held a secret “inauguration” in the presence of a few dozen confidants. This stealthy attempt to formalize his illegal and undemocratic power grab only exposed and solidified his illegitimacy and provoked an unprecedented pushback from the democratic forces in Belarus and the international community. Over the past year, Lukashenka retained a semblance of power and influence in the country only thanks to a terror campaign against civil society perpetrated by his security forces and generous Russian support.
This past week: Tensions over Zapad 2021 military exercises continue to escalate, as Cyber Partisans find new ways to expose Lukashenka’s secrets. Announcements & Events The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission) announced the Seeking Justice and Freedom in Belarus Hearings on September 21, 2021, at 2:30 PM EST. Watch live: www.youtube.com/HelsinkiCommission Joint Statement on Belarus: End attacks against the Viasna Human Rights Group.
This past week: new Iron Curtain descending on Europe, more repressions in Belarus, EU-Belarus border crisis & deeper integration with Russia Top Stories Sep 9: Putin and Lukashenka move to integrate economies of Russia and Belarus Lukashenka and Putin have signed 28 “road maps”, further increasing Russia’s influence over Belarus. They agreed to coordinate the countries’ macroeconomic policies, institute common tax and customs measures, harmonise other financial controls, and to integrate energy markets.
This past week: Political dissident purge in Belarus, new Union State and military agreements between Lukashenka and Putin, border crisis with Eastern Europe & more. Top Stories Sep 6: Belarus opposition leader sentenced to 11 years in prison A Belarusian court has sentenced the senior opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava and the Tsikhanouskaya campaign’s former lawyer Maksim Znak to 11 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, after a two-month-long trial behind closed doors.
On behalf of the Belarusian-American community, the Belarus Freedom Forum would like to thank President Joseph R. Biden for meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. We hope this meeting signifies a new stage in the American re-engagement and a prospect for tighter ties with Eastern Europe, which will help to promote democracy, security, and prosperity in the region. Last week Ukrainians around the world celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of regaining their state independence.
Last year, we saw a million people on the streets of Belarus. Those people have not disappeared, their opinion of Lukashenka did not change (Images from August 23, 30 protests in 2020). Top Stories Aug 23: IMF gives €850m to Belarus despite fierce opposition The IMF awarded a payment totaling $1 billion to Belarus despite the lack of recognition of the current Belarusian government by the international community.