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Urge the International Ice Hockey Federation to suspend its 2014 Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk, Belarus until that country’s long-time dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, releases all the country’s political prisoners and issues a moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus.


Often known as the “last dictatorship of Europe,” the Lukashenko regime has earned international notoriety and scorn for its appalling human and political rights record.

Lukashenko and his security services, still called the KGB, have ruthlessly ruled Belarus for almost twenty years. Under his reign, elections have been consistently unfair and undemocratic; politically motivated arrests and detentions are common; the Belarusian judiciary has been stripped of its independence; beatings, poor treatment, and disease are widespread in prisons (where detainees lack access to food, proper clothing, and medical treatment); and the public’s basic freedoms of press, speech, assembly, association, and religion are severely restricted.

IIHF should realize that such barbaric behavior is still practiced in Europe is deeply disturbing.

Lukashenko regime should not be rewarded with the prestige associated with hosting the 2014 International Ice Hockey Championship while his citizens languish in jail for peacefully trying to exercise minimal political freedoms.

So join Peter Stastny, a hockey legend, National Hockey League Hall of Famer and Member of European Parliament and Marek Migalski, Member of the European Parliament -- sign this petition and spread the word about this campaign!

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Потребуйте от Международной федерации хоккея отменить их решение о проведении Чемпионата мира по хоккею в Беларуси в 2014 году, если Александр Лукашенко не отпустит всех политзаключенных и не введет мораторий на смертную казнь.

 
Режим Лукашенко, который часто называют "последней диктатурой Европы", получил международную известность и презрение за жесткое давление на политические, человеческие, экологические и другие права человека.

Лукашенко и его спецслужбы, которые по-прежнему называются КГБ, полностью контролируют Беларусь уже на протяжении почти двадцати лет. За время его правления, выборы в стране перестали быть справедливыми и, соответственно, стали не демократическими; в стране начались политически мотивированные аресты и задержания; белорусская судебная система была лишена своей независимости; в тюрьмах широко распространены болезни (заключенные не имеют доступа к продуктам питания, надлежащую одежду и медицинскую помощь), на них постоянно оказывается жесткое давление, избиения; в Беларуси нет также основных свобод, общественной прессы, свободы слова, собраний, ассоциаций и религии.

Беларусь остается последней страной в Европе, где до сих пор практикуется смертная казнь.

Международная федерация по хоккею должна понимать, что такое варварское поведение в Европе является очень тревожным фактом.

Режим Лукашенко не должен быть вознагражден престижем, связанным с проведением в 2014 году Международного чемпионата по хоккею в то время как его граждане находятся в тюрьме за участие в мирных акциях в защиту своих минимальных политических свобод.

Поддержите международную кампанию Петера Штястного, легенды международного хоккея, дважды чемпиона мира по хоккею, а также депутата Европейского парламента, организованную совместно с Мареком Мигальским, депутатом Европейского парламента.

Подпишите эту петицию и помогите, пожалуйста, распространять информацию об этой кампании!

Подключитесь к нашей страничке на Фэйбуке - и будьте в курсе последних новостей кампании!

Letter to
International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel
Infront Sports & Media
Raiffeisen Bank
and 16 others
Hockey Club Croatia
Hockey Club
Hockey Club
Hockey Club Humangary
Hockey Club Germany
Hockey Club Finland
Hockey Club Estonia
Hockey Club Denmark
Hockey Club Czech Republic
Hockey Club Canada
Hockey Club
Hockey Club Belgium
Hockey Club Belgium
Hockey Club Austria
International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel
Raiffeisen Bank
As hockey fans, we write to urge the International Ice Hockey Federation and National Hockey Clubs to suspend its 2014 Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk, Belarus until that country’s long-time dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, releases all the country’s political prisoners and issues a moratorium on the death penalty. Often known as the “last dictatorship of Europe,” the Lukashenko regime has earned international notoriety and scorn for its appalling human and political rights record. Quite simply, his regime should not be rewarded with the prestige associated with hosting the 2014 International Ice Hockey Championship while his citizens languish in jail for peacefully trying to exercise minimal political freedoms.

Lukashenko and his security services, still called the KGB, have ruthlessly ruled Belarus for almost twenty years. Under his reign, elections have been consistently unfair and undemocratic; politically motivated arrests and detentions are common; the Belarusian judiciary has been stripped of its independence; beatings, poor treatment, and disease are widespread in prisons (where detainees lack access to food, proper clothing, and medical treatment); and the public’s basic freedoms of press, speech, assembly, association, and religion are severely restricted. Most recently, he had an opportunity to ease the iron grip of his police state and move closer toward the international community by holding a legitimate presidential election on December 19, 2010.

Tragically, Lukashenko squandered this opportunity by orchestrating a fraudulent election that was widely condemned by election monitors and the international community. When opposition candidates and Belarusian citizens protested the rigged election, Lukashenko detained or arrested over 600 additional people, including journalists, civil society representatives, political activists, and ordinary Belarusians. Incredibly, five of the six opposition presidential candidates were also arrested – one of which was severely beaten. Many such political prisoners are still in jail and face prison sentences as long as 15 years (some have already been sentenced to up to four years).

That such barbaric behavior is still practiced in Europe is deeply disturbing. The governments of the United States and European Union have strongly condemned Lukshenko’s actions and called for the immediate release of all political prisoners and a tightening of targeted sanctions against Lukashenko and his immediate enablers. A resolution that unanimously passed the United States Senate echoed those demands and also called on the International Ice Hockey Federation “to suspend its 2014 International World Ice Hockey championship to be hosted in Minsk, Belarus until all political prisoners in Belarus are released.” An almost identical resolution in substance, also calling for relocation of 2014 Championship from Belarus until all political prisoners are released, was adopted by European Parliament as well.

Accordingly, we urge you to consider such action to ensure that Lukashenko’s totalitarian nightmare does not receive the international sanction or legitimacy that would be conveyed by hosting the 2014 Championship until he releases all political prisoners in his KGB prisons.

Sincerely,