An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Support democracy in Belarus

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In the past months, the people of Belarus united in an unprecedented civil movement to stand up to the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Europe's last dictator, which has lasted for 26 years. After the campaign marred by widespread voter suppression, electoral fraud, oppression of the press, repressions against his challengers, and a gruesome disregard to all democratic practices, on the election night of August 9, 2020, Lukashenka, unable to admit his defeat, has resorted to a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters all across Belarus in a brutal attempt to salvage his regime. Belarusians are being beaten, jailed, raped, and tortured in police custody for the single offense of demanding an open, free, and fair election. In a criminal endeavor to silence the protesters, the regime has unleashed an unprecedented wave of indiscriminate violence, employing water cannons, stun grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas, ruthless beating, and, in several cases, firearms, killing at least two unarmed civilians. Over 7,000 have been detained during peaceful protests or kidnapped from the streets since August 9, 2020. I ask that you demonstrate to the world that the United States of America actively supports human rights and democratic values such as the freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly and free and fair elections, so blatantly violated by Lukashenka's regime. Please issue an immediate and firm response to the violent attack on human rights in Belarus. The United States of America must: 1. Publicly withdraw recognition of Alyaksandr Lukashenka as the legitimate President of the Republic of Belarus, and instead recognize Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as the President and leader of the Belarusian nation. 2. Implement the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and impose personal sanctions on everyone involved in electoral fraud, politically motivated firings, arrests, abductions and threats to seize children, torture, murder, and other persecution of peaceful citizens. 3. Immediately cease all financial and technical assistance to Lukashenka and his political establishment, so as not to finance the repressive apparatus of Belarus and thereby encourage continued corruption. Any international projects registered by the government of Belarus should be considered part of the political establishment. Please show the world that the United States supports the democratic choices of the people of Belarus and not the repressive authoritarian regime of Lukashenka.

First sent on August 17, 2020 by Belarusian community in the USA

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