24 September 2018, Monday, 15:25
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BPR Rada To EU Presidents: Do Not Get Engaged In Legitimizing Lukashenka's Regime

The BPR leadership has addressed the presidents of Austria and Germany.

The BPR Rada is concerned that the visit of the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen to Belarus on June 29, 2018 will be used to legitimize the authoritarian regime of Lukashenka, the site radabnr.org reports.

The BPR Rada welcomes the perpetuation of the memory of the victims of the National Socialists in Belarus. Trastsianets is a place where tens of thousands of people from Belarus, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and other countries were killed. This place symbolizes the tragedy of the inhabitants of Belarus – ethnic Belarusians, Jews and representatives of other peoples in the XX century. And this tragedy is inseparable from the tragedy of all Europe. The memory of the victims of the Holocaust and World War II should be the basis for European solidarity and the common pan-European resistance to tyranny and intolerance.

The BPR Rada hopes that the memory of the victims of Soviet power in Belarus, including those who are buried in the place of mass executions in Kurapaty, will be eternalized as well.

However, the BPR Rada also notes that the approving legitimacy of Lukashenka's regime internationally will have negative consequences for the human rights and democracy in Belarus. Lukashenka publicly praised the Hitler's regime and established an authoritarian system in Belarus that contradicts European values.

The BPR Rada stated that high-ranking international politicians should strive to improve the situation with democracy and human rights in Belarus when having meetings with Lukashenka.