An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Support HR8438 as an Amendment to the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

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I am writing to request that you support adding HR 8438 the Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020 as an amendment to the omnibus appropriations bill. HR 8438 has broad bipartisan support both in the House and in the Senate. The bill provides tangible support to Belarusians who have suffered brutal repressions by the Lukashenka government because they deigned to protest peacefully, but with resolve, every day since the fraudulent presidential election in Belarus on August 9th when the incumbent claimed 80.1% of the vote. The repressions affect not only everyday people but also members of the clergy. Belarusian Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz has been barred from returning to Belarus since August 31 for expressing sympathies for the protesters. Belarusian Orthodox Church spokesperson Archpriest Siarhei Liepin was forced to resign after he condemned the police for destructions of makeshift memorials to a deceased protester. Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Metropolitan Paul was transferred to Russia for condemning the police violence against peaceful protesters. Belarusians need America's support for their effort to defend their basic freedoms including voting, speech, assembly, religion, and dignity to be free from government violence when they disagree or choose to change their government. These are core American values that have made it a model for the world. Please make sure that HR 8438 The Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020 is included as an amendment to the omnibus appropriations bill.

First sent on December 9, 2020 by Belarusian Americans

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