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Digest: August 22 - September 5

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Survey on the people’s draft Constitution, "Nuremberg Tribunal", Lukashenka’s non-recognition and current methods of resistance to the regime.

The NAM is preparing a legal conference in Nuremberg to declare Lukashenka a terrorist and continues to work on non-recognition of the dictatorial regime. Well-known cultural figures supported the appeal of the NAM team to UNESCO about repressions against workers in this sphere in Belarus. Read more about all this in our traditional digest.

And, as usual, we offer a list of actions for everyone who wants changes in the country:
  • support our campaign of non-recognition of the Lukashenka government in the world;
  • provide financial assistance to the activities of the NAM and other democratic forces;
  • call on UNESCO to pay attention to cultural repression;
  • continue personal economic sanctions;
  • if you have a potential exhibit for the Museum of Free Belarus, write to us in the NAM chatbot;
  • become part of the mobilization plan "Peramoga".

People’s Constitution

As part of the "People's Constitution" campaign, a survey was conducted on a number of key provisions of the Basic Law. Belarusians spoke about who, in their opinion, should elect the president (people), how they see the Parliament (bicameral), which languages ​​should be recorded as state languages ​​(Belarusian and Russian), to whom the government (Parliament) should be accountable and about others important issues of public life.

Almost 8,400 citizens took part in the survey. Its results will be taken into account in further work on the people’s draft of the Constitution. Until September 12, the Public Constitutional
Commission also accepts proposals and other responses from citizens:

Nuremberg for Lukashenka

On the birthday of the Belarusian dictator, the NAM announced a legal conference in Nuremberg on crimes against humanity and the recognition of Lukashenka as a terrorist. Lawyers, politicians, human rights activists and representatives of the democratic forces of Belarus are invited to the event. The conference participants will discuss actions to accelerate the recognition of Lukashenka as a terrorist and bring to justice those responsible for torture within the framework of universal jurisdiction, as well as approve an action plan.

Stay in touch for more details on the Nuremberg Legal Conference.

Non-recognition of Lukashenka

The NAM, with the support of other democratic forces, sent letters to diplomatic and political structures of states friendly to Belarusians with an appeal to officially refuse to recognize Lukashenka and his government. Applications were received in:
  • foreign ministries of 41 countries and the US Department of State;
  • caucuses "Friends of Belarus" and "Free Belarus" in the US Congress;
  • a cross-party parliamentary group on Belarus of the British Parliament.

If world governments officially deny recognition to the regime, this will have very serious consequences for it, including a complete loss of access to IMF resources. The NAM will continue to work in this direction and counts on the participation of all democratic forces.

International partnership

Pavel Latushka held meetings with a number of representatives of foreign countries in Poland: French Ambassador Frederic Bille, Deputy Japanese Ambassador Tajima Akira, Head of the Canadian diplomatic mission Leslie Scanlon, Lithuanian Ambassador Eduardas Borisovas, as well as Marshal of the Mazovian Region Adam Struzik. The main topics of discussion were:
-non-recognition of Lukashenka and his government, imposition of sanctions against the National Bank and the Ministry of Finance of Belarus. As one of the consequences — blocking for the regime access to the IMF account;

-possible decisions of the EU countries to expand sanctions against individuals and organizations involved in the regime’s trafficking in human beings and waging a "hybrid war" against the EU;
-repressions and massive violations of human rights in Belarus, assistance to civil society, in particular to cultural figures.

Cultural front

Svetlana Aleksievich, Liya Akhedzhakova, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrei Makarevich, Konstantin Raikin, Viktor Shenderovich and other famous cultural figures signed an open letter from Pavel Latushka and the NAM team to UNESCO on repressions against Belarusian culture and the humanitarian crisis organized by the dictatorship. In its address to the

General Director of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, the NAM calls on the organization to:
  • join the demands to end the lawlessness against cultural workers in Belarus;
  • demand the illegitimate Belarusian authorities to comply with the norms of international law regarding freedom of association, freedom of speech and cultural rights;
  • send experts to Belarus to record violations by the regime of the UNESCO Charter, the main declarations and conventions of the United Nations;
  • to pause the interaction of UNESCO structures with the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO;
  • raise the issue of oppression in the sphere of culture at the meetings of the Executive Board and the General Conference of UNESCO with the adoption of the corresponding UNESCO Resolution on Belarus.

The Head of the NAM Pavel Latushka appealed to the President of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) Luis Albert Scalella with an appeal to suspend the accreditation of the Belarusian international film festival "Listapad".

"On Lukashenka’s personal instructions, non-state cultural centers are being deliberately destroyed in Belarus. One of such organizations is the ART Corporation Center for Visual and Performing Arts, an FIAPF-accredited organizer of the Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad." Which is directly subordinate to the Ministry of Culture of Belarus, which carries out politically motivated censorship and repression in the sphere of culture", Pavel Latushka noted.

Time to act together!

The victory over the dictatorship is the business of each of us. We are offering to you:
  • declare a pre-strike state at your enterprise together with colleagues and prepare for a full-fledged strike;
  • to seek with us the official non-recognition of the Lukashenka government, which, among other things, will not allow him to receive $ 1 billion from the IMF;
  • financially support the NAM and other democratic structures;
  • send a letter to UNESCO with an appeal to pay attention to the repressions against cultural workers in Belarus;
  • not give the regime a dime: withdraw all deposits, cash out all the money and convert it into currency as much as possible, not buy products from companies associated with the regime, and also refrain from consuming excisable goods;
  • transfer an exhibit to the Museum of free Belarus — any evidence of the struggle of Belarusians for freedom or its digital copy; just write to us in the NAM chatbot;
  • join the mobilization plan "Peramoga".

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