The leaders of the REP trade union are in need of the Belarusians and the international community’s solidarity.
The Rada of the Belarusian National Congress has made a statement in connection with the fact that the Minsk court upheld the unlawful sentence to REP Trade Union leaders Hennadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik:
– The Rada of the Belarusian National Congress states that the regime continues and expands the policy of pressure on the society in Belarus. With all the talks about liberalization, the pressure is not weakening, but intensifying. What is happening is not the democratization promised to the West, not economic and political reforms, but the modernization of repressions.
At the present time, not only activists of political parties and democratic organizations, but also journalists, human rights defenders, bloggers, environmentalists, defenders of the place of mass Stalinist shootings in Kurapaty, independent trade unions are subjected to repressions.
The Rada of the Belarusian National Congress expresses its indignation at the fact that the Minsk city “court” dismissed the cassational appeal against the criminal verdict to REP Trade Union leaders Hennadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. According to this sentence, our associates will have to live under the strict control of the police for four years. They will be allowed to leave their apartments only to go to work, they are deprived of the right to occupy any leadership positions, including in the trade union.
The sentence imposed on preposterous charges by the “court” completely dependent on the authorities is the regime’s revenge to the trade union leaders for their principled and consistent efforts to protect the rights of workers.
The Rada declares its firm intention to fight for the cancellation of the unfair sentence to Hennadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, for the cessation of repressions against the independent society of our country.
The Rada of the Belarusian National Congress calls upon the citizens of Belarus and the international community for solidarity with those, whom the regime illegally prosecutes for their civic position and activities in support of democracy and human rights.
Power to the people!
Long live Belarus!