Democratic Belarus leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya recorded an address to Belarusian people on Belarus’ unofficial Independence Day and spoke about the priorities of the United Transitional Cabinet.
On the eve of the important Ukrainian national holidays, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky recorded another daily address to his people wearing a “vyzhyvanka” – a khaki-colored vyshyvanka shirt with the embroidery designed by Belarusian artist Rufina Bazlova.
Sociologist Henadz Korshunau spoke about the transformation of the Belarusian diaspora after 2020, its goals and challenges, and importance of solidarity and protest actions taking place in the streets of cities all around the world.
One has to protect one’s rights in our country. This is especially true when the right to use the Belarusian language is concerned as history shows that there will be no freedom without it. An individual needs their language to feel more dignified, stay grounded, and be proud of where they are from.
Presidential election was held in Belarus two years ago, on 9 August 2020. The election was found to be rigged in Lukashenko’s favor. This day became the point of no return in the history of modern Belarus. The Viasna Human Rights Center tells a story in numbers about the unprecedentedly horrific human rights situation in Belarus, while human rights activist Pavel Sapelka comments on the situation we found ourselves in, and urges to report instances of repressions to human rights defenders.
A group of local “terrorists” was handed down draconian sentences in the Babruisk city court. Ihar Kazlou, Kanstantsin Yermalovich, Vital Minkevich, Natallia Ked, and Nadzeya Polkina were the defendants on trial. The trial was held behind closed doors.
The New Belarus conference resulted in the establishment of a new collective executive body that will work to carry out the de facto de-occupation of Belarus.
Despite the risk of the death penalty, the Swedish Migration Agency continues deporting asylum seekers from Belarus. Anders Ygeman, Minister for Integration and Migration, must act now and stop the deportations. Belarus is a dangerous country for anyone who has ever exercised their right to the freedom of opinion and expression.
This call was supported by representatives of the diplomatic missions of the EU, Austria, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United States. As of 9 August 2022, 1,262 people are recognized as political prisoners in Belarus.
Exactly two years ago, unprecedented protests unfolded in Belarus in opposition to the rigged elections. Protests and demonstrations did not subside for months, but the supporters of change were unable to win in the violent confrontation. However, Belarusians continue to battle against the dictatorship and still strive to make their voices heard around the world.