Stop dictatorship in Belarus

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On behalf of Belarusian citizens living in the EU, their families and all other supporters of Belarusian people

This petition is addressed to:

David Maria SASSOLI, President of the European Parliament.
Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council
Josep BORRELL FONTELLES, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Olivér VÁRHELYI, Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner, European Commission
Stephane DUJARRIC, Spokesman for Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations
Edi RAMA, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA)

 Dear Presidents of the European Council and Parliament, distinguished Members of the European Parliament and senior representatives of the European and international institutions,

We are concerned by the recent events in Belarus. Following the Presidential elections on 9 August 2020, Belarusian people felt that their votes have been stolen. To evidence their disagreement with the outcome of elections that were officially announced by the Belarus Central Electoral Committee, they massively went on the streets to peacefully defend their constitutional right. They were heavily beaten by the security forces under the orders of the pro-authoritarian regime. By the time of editing of this letter, it has resulted in several deaths, massive arrests of peaceful pro-democracy protestors and opposition leaders, and the exile of the candidate of the presidential election. In the country, since the day of elections and until the moment when the letter was edited, the internet is blocked or functions poorly. Many workers, factories and companies have gone on strike.

We ask for a quick and severe reaction of the international and European institutions to these events. We believe that they will show the support towards Belarusian people and contribute to a quicker cease of the violence in the country and the establishment of democracy.

We kindly ask the European institutions:
1.     To express its solidarity with Belarusian people, and in particular its women and the young Belarusians and all pro-democracy protesters who are the driving force for democracy and regime change;
2.     To condemn in the strongest terms the violence and systemic violations of human rights in Belarus and in particular the violent repressions of peaceful protestors by Lukashenko regime after the 9 August election and the preceding electoral campaign. To call on the Belarusian authorities to stop any further intervention of forces against Belarusian pro-democracy protesters immediately as well as all forms of harassment, intimidation or threats against them and civil society activists including raids, searches and confiscation of materials in private apartments, outlets of independent media and offices of civil society organisations as well as expulsions from universities and workplaces;
3.     To take measures to ensure an immediate and unconditional release of the political prisoners, including Viktar and Eduard Babaryka, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Mikalai Statkevich, Paval Sieviaryniec and many others;
4.     Not to recognise the outcome of the 9 August 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus as announced by the Belarus Central Electoral Committee and call on the authorities to organise new free elections without the participation, in the organisation of elections or as a candidate, of the representatives of Lukashenko regime or him personally, and with a possibility for the former political prisoners to participate; 
5.     To introduce personal sanctions on the collaborators of the current authoritarian regime, including an immediate visa ban on the state officials, members of judiciary and security officers who can be considered responsible for the vote-rigging and post-election brutal repressions and to freeze their assets (as proposed in point 12 of the European Parliament resolution of 20 January 2011 on the situation in Belarus). To review and increase the lists of such collaborators;
6.     To insist on the judgement of Belarusian armed forces, security and police officers, with regard to the criminal acts committed against Belarusian people;
7.     To investigate the financial investments coming from the international or European institutions or firms and directly and indirectly supporting the authoritarian regime, and to support their re-direction towards alternative and not loyal to the authoritarian regime civil society organisations and businesses in Belarus;
8.     To investigate the possibilities of all sorts of help, including financial, legal, medical and other, towards the victims of the regime, allowing people who were injured, lost their jobs or suffered otherwise due to their political views, including police officers who refused to obey the orders to use force against peaceful protesters and members of electoral committees who have shown the correct outcome of elections and were penalised, until their full physical and/or professional recovery or reorientation.

We thank you in advance for your support towards democracy and people in Belarus, which is close to the culture and was part of the common history of EU Member States. You might recall that in the history of many EU Member States, there have been brutal anti-democratic episodes, accompanies with the violence of the regime against its people. This time, it is Belarusian people that count on your support in their path towards democracy.