The Government of the Belarusian People's Republic noted the importance of creating the Charter'97 initiative.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the civil initiative Charter'97 the website of the BPR Rada published the following article:
"On November 10, 1997, the civil initiative Charter'97 was proclaimed in Belarus. It was initiated by the journalists from independent media. The leading independent newspapers The Name, The Belarusian Business Newspaper, Narodnaya Volya, Svaboda, Svobodnye Novosti and many other publications published the text of the Charter'97.
The charter was announced by analogy with the Charter'77, which was signed by the participants of the democratic movement in Czechoslovakia, demanding freedom for its people, 20 years before it.
The civil initiative Charter'97 was aimed at uniting the democratic forces of Belarus and activating the deeds of the civil society to protect the rights and freedoms of the Belarusian citizens.
100 well-known Belarusian politicians, public and cultural figures, journalists were the first to sign the Charter’97. Later, the document was signed by over 100 thousand citizens of the Republic of Belarus.
Soon the website of the Charter'97 became one of the most influential Belarusian independent media.