Who we are

  • 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.

What we do

  • 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

Proposal for U.S. Policy in Support of Democracy in Belarus

A Russia-controlled dictatorship in Belarus is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States and its transatlantic allies and partners. In 2020, Belarusians made a clear choice for democracy and independence. Instead, the Belarusian people had the last vestiges of political rights and civil liberties taken away, the Lukashenka regime facilitated Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and signed the nuclear weapons deployment deal in 2023, dragging Belarus toward gradual annexation by Russia. The Russian assault on Kyiv via Belarus in February 2022 demonstrated the strategic importance of Belarus for European security. The U.S. government should take concrete steps to safeguard independence of Belarus, to help Belarusians in forced exile build the expertise and recognition needed for a peaceful transition of power to a democratically elected government, and to ensure accountability for human rights violations and war crimes committed by Lukashenka and Putin regimes.

Against Deployment of Nuclear Weapons in Belarus

The Belarus Freedom Forum calls upon the U.S. Government to set consequences for any current or potential plans to deploy Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus. We ask that additional sanctions be considered if Belarus and Russia move forward with the nuclear weapons plan.

Designate Belarus for Temporary Protected Status

The Belarus Freedom Forum seeks your help to urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security to designate Belarus for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in response to the extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent the safe return of Belarusian citizens to their home country.

Statement on Belarus Freedom Day

On March 25, Belarusian Americans will celebrate Dzien Voli, Belarus Freedom Day, to mark the 105th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the Sovereignty of the Belarusian Nation. On March 25, 1918, the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic announced its independence from the Russian Empire. The Rada established the White-Red-White Flag and coat of arms Pahonia as national symbols. March 25 became a symbol of the Belarusian pro-democracy movement celebrating freedom, human rights, and resistance to dictatorship and oppression.

Statement on Ales Bialiatski and Viasna Leadership Sentencing

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.

Statement on One Year of Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine

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.

Designate the Russian Federation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

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.

Statement on the Unlawful Presence of the Russian Armed Forces in Belarus and Call for Their Immediate Withdrawal from the Territory of Belarus

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.

Statement of support for ANS to H.R. 6846, CORRUPT Act

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.