Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich, and Uladzimir Labkovich, the founders of the largest Belarusian human rights center Viasna were sentenced to 7-10 years in prison. While many fabricated charges were mentioned, their only offense was protecting the human rights of people in Belarus, a gross crime in the eyes of the Lukashenka regime. Many organizations around the world recognize Viasna’s contributions and awarded Ales Bialiatski numerous prestigious awards, including the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.
Today is the 365th Day of Ukrainian heroism, resolve, courage, unity, hard work, and fierce fight against the aggressor. Today is the 365th Day of pain and suffering, hardship and losses. The suffering of the Ukrainian people must end. We cannot allow one more year of bloodshed and grief. The world must continue providing Ukraine with even more moral, financial, and vital military support.
The Belarus Freedom Forum calls on the United States to consider the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Russian government or its military forces in Ukraine and designate the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The Belarus Freedom Forum urges the United States to continue providing comprehensive military and humanitarian help to Ukraine until its Russia-occupied territories are completely liberated, and the threat of a re-invasion is eradicated. It is the only way to prevent Russia from instigating yet another genocide against neighboring countries.
The Russian armed forces entered Belarus with a clear intention of using its territory as a launchpad for ground and air strikes on Ukraine, in violation of Belarus’ Constitution. As such, their presence in Belarus is unlawful and an infringement upon the Republic’s sovereignty. Therefore, Belarus Freedom Forum calls for immediate and complete withdrawal of the Russian Federation’s armed forces from the territory of Belarus.
The corrupt Putin regime threatens democracy and prosperity in the region as much as it is inflicts misery inside Russia; its enablers must be stopped for the region’s nations, including Belarus, to have a fair shot at the pursuit of happiness. Belarus Freedom Forum strongly endorses the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 6846, CORRUPT Act, which would require the President to review a list of almost 200 individuals implicated in corruption and human rights violation by Russia and determine whether they meet the criteria for the imposition of sanctions.
Here are scripts you can use when you call your elected officials and ask them to derecognize Lukashenka and declare Belarus occupied. Call the Washington, DC, office and ask to speak with the foreign policy advisor. If they are unavailable, leave a message with the receptionist. If you get their voicemail inbox, please leave a message. Use this link to find Representative and Senators and their contact information: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
We call on the Biden-Harris administration not give any concessions to the Lukashenka regime, to find more realistic solutions to mitigate the risk of a looming food crisis, to further expedite all actions in support of Ukraine, and to include representatives of Central and Eastern European diasporas in consultations on the US strategy in the region.
We call on the Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Congress to: declare and recognize the Republic of Belarus is illegally occupied by Russia and demand the complete withdrawal of the Russian troops from Belarus; declare and recognize Lukashenka and the current government of Belarus to be a puppet government controlled by Russia and lacking any legitimacy both nationally and internationally; advocate for international derecognition of Lukashenka and his government as the legitimate governing body of Belarus; denounce and refuse to recognize any international treaties or agreements Lukashenka and his government will attempt to enter; facilitate the prosecution of Lukashenka as a co-perpetrator of war crimes and acts of terrorism against the Ukrainian people; recognize Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as the legitimate Head of the Republic of Belarus.
Belarus Freedom Forum asks the US government to recognize Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the democratic forces of Belarus and the evident winner of the contested August 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as the official representative of the people of Belarus.
The Belarusian American organizations, representing the interests of the Belarusians in the United States, call on the Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Congress to take additional immediate actions aimed at the Putin and Lukashenka regimes for the invasion of independent and sovereign Ukraine and the atrocities committed against the Ukrainian people.