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An open letter from Pavel Latushka and the NAM to UNESCO

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Aleksievich, Akhedzhakova, Zanussi, Makarevich, Raikin, Sokurov, Tsesler, Shenderovich and other representatives of the cultural sphere supported the open letter of Pavel Latushka and the NAM to UNESCO

Pavel Latushko and the NAM team appealed to world famous cultural figures with the initiative of an open letter to UNESCO — about the repressions against Belarusian culture and the deep humanitarian crisis in the country, which was organized by the dictatorial regime of Lukashenka.
Svetlana Aleksievich, Liya Akhedzhakova, Zoya Belokhvostik, Vasily Vovk, Krzysztof Zanussi, Pavel Latushka, Oksana Lyniv, Andrei Makarevich, Dmitry Muratov, Konstantin Raikin, Alexander Sokurov, Lyudmila Ulertskaya and Viktor Shenderovich.

The National Anti-Crisis management calls on other cultural figures to sign an appeal to the Director of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. One of the reasons for the open letter was a new wave of repressions against the Belarusians: the case of the liquidation of the Union of Belarusian Writers and the Francis Skaryna Association of the Belarusian Language, the liquidation of the Belarusian PEN Center and other facts of repression in the sphere of culture.

The letter says about 5 actions through which the UNESCO can help Belarusians:

1) Call on the illegitimate authorities of Belarus to stop repressive actions against the Belarusian national culture, violations of cultural rights and freedoms of Belarusians, administrative and criminal prosecution of cultural figures for dissent.

2) Demand that the Supreme Court and other state bodies of Belarus comply with the norms of international law regarding freedom of association, freedom of speech and cultural rights.

3) Send a mission of UNESCO and international experts to Belarus to record violations by the Lukashenka regime of the UNESCO Charter, the main declarations and conventions of the United Nations.

4) Temporarily suspend the interaction of UNESCO structures with the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO, which is fully controlled by the dictatorial regime.

5) Consider the issue of repressions in the cultural sphere of Belarus at the upcoming meetings of the Executive Board and the General Conference of UNESCO with the adoption of the corresponding UNESCO Resolution on Belarus.

We urge Belarusians to send a similar letter from themselves to UNESCO and join the appeal of world culture figures. Mailing address:

Template for sending a letter

Originals of letters with signatures: RU, BY, EN

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