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  • Andrei Gnyot Released from Serbian Prison to House Arrest

    Belarusian national Andrei Gnyot, who was detained by Serbian authorities at the request of the Lukashenko regime, has been transferred from Belgrade's Central Prison to house arrest. This marks a crucial first step in securing the freedom of Andrei, who has endured over seven months in complete isolation, deprived of proper medical care, and facing a rapidly deteriorating health condition. However, the fight is far from over. The next critical step is preventing his extradition to Belarus, where he faces persecution for his political beliefs. Andrei Gnyot's case has galvanized hundreds of people moved by his plight. The Polish Foreign Ministry, responding to an appeal by the National Anti-Crisis Management (NAM), has played a pivotal role in advocating for his release. Most recently, the issue was discussed on May 21st during a meeting between NAM Head and Deputy Head of the United Transitional Cabinet Pavel Latushka and Justyna Chrzanowska, Director of the Consular Department at the Polish Foreign Ministry. Earlier, at NAM's request, the European External Action Service initiated a working group comprised of representatives from foreign ministries and embassies across Europe to actively prevent Andrei's extradition. International organization RUH, NAM, and the Free Association of Sportsmen SOS.BY, organized demonstrations of support for Andrei in Warsaw, Belgrade, London, and Berlin. BELPOL provided crucial assistance in gathering information and preparing documents, while concerned Belarusians wrote countless letters expressing their solidarity. The Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and European politicians have also championed Andrei's release. This collective action has yielded this first, vital result. However, the ultimate goal remains: the complete and unconditional release of Andrei Gnyot. "We continue to fight for the fate of Andrei Gnyot, and we will fight for the fates of all Belarusians who suffer under Lukashenko's regime! We will persist for as long as we have the strength, for as long as it takes," declared Pavel Latushka, commenting on Andrei's transfer to house arrest.

  • A Strong Europe is Important for Belarusians

    Ahead of the European Parliament Elections These days, elections sweep across the European Union, heralded as historic, pivotal, and decisive. We, Belarusians, recognize their profound significance for us as well. For decades, and with a sense of urgency that has only intensified since 2020, the Belarusian people have been engaged in a struggle for the fundamental right to live in a democratic and independent state. Our fight is for freedom, for the unwavering respect for human rights – essentially, for the very foundational values upon which the European Union has been built. These are not mere aspirations; they are European values that resonate deeply within us. These values are what define us as Europeans, despite the incredibly challenging and often perilous internal political and geopolitical circumstances that currently grip Belarus and its people. We firmly believe that a strong Europe, characterized by robust and principled institutions, is essential to supporting the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people and all Europeans. A strong and united Europe is not solely about your future; it is inextricably intertwined with our own destiny. Today, we find ourselves confronting a wave of relentless repression. Thousands of Belarusian citizens are unjustly imprisoned, languishing in the deplorable conditions of Lukashenko's prisons, subjected to torture, and denied basic human dignity. Over 300,000 Belarusians have been forced into exile, driven from their homes and their homeland, unable to live in their own country due to the fear of persecution. In the face of such adversity, we, the people of Belarus, are in dire need of true allies – nations who possess the courage and conviction to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we fight for a brighter future. Let me be unequivocally clear: this is a fight for our country’s very existence. The threat to the independence of Belarus, to the very notion of our statehood, is more acute now than it has been at any point since we declared our independence. Russia, having violated the sovereignty of Ukraine and demonstrating a willingness to dismantle a nation through brute military force, has now set its sights on Belarus. The illegitimate dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko, a regime that the Belarusian people have never freely chosen, serves as the primary instrument of Russia's aggression. In 2020, the Belarusian people made a different choice, a choice that resonated with admiration and respect across Europe and the world. We continue to fight for that choice, for the right to self-determination, despite the brutal and oppressive machinery of state terror that has been unleashed upon us. But the enormous price we pay for our choice determines its immense value. Therefore, today I appeal to Europeans: “When you decide whether or not to go to the polls, think about what a huge value it is to have a choice, to have the right to choose. Think about the values and freedoms you enjoy, things that may seem woven into the fabric of your everyday lives. And think about the Belarusian people, who at this very moment are struggling and enduring unimaginable trials for the very right to choose, to live in the kind of free society you are fortunate to have. Our sacrifices are a testament to our commitment to a future independent, democratic Belarus, firmly rooted in Europe. We count on you, asking for your unwavering support and solidarity.” Pavel Latushka, former Minister of Culture and Ambassador, Deputy Head of the United Transitional Cabinet, Head of National Anti-Crisis Management, sentenced to 18 years in prison in a maximum security colony, and facing at least three new criminal cases.

  • The Lukashenko regime is actively working to destroy the good relations between Belarusians and Poles

    On June 6th, Pavel Latushka, Deputy Head of the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus and Head of the National Anti-Crisis Management, met with representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in Lublin. They discussed a wide range of pressing issues, including: legal pathways for Belarusians in Poland; obtaining and extending Polish travel documents (with the possibility of extending validity up to 3 years); navigating the process of obtaining documents for higher education in Poland; the potential for criminal prosecution of Lukashenko regime officials in Poland under universal jurisdiction; progress in issuing warrants and bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity in Belarus; obtaining Polish visas; evacuation plans for Belarusian citizens at risk of detention and arrest; the potential of the New Belarus passport; the importance of a strong and effective Coordination Council; support for Belarusian cultural projects and educational opportunities in Poland (including the Kalinowski program); and many other urgent topics. During the meeting, Latushka strongly condemned the Lukashenko regime's actions on the Belarusian-Polish border, stating that the regime is deliberately escalating tensions and provoking instability. He accused the regime of sending saboteurs into Poland to commit acts of terrorism, calling these actions deliberate attempts to sabotage the historically strong relationship between Belarusians and Poles. Latushka expressed his deep condolences to the family and friends of the Polish soldier who was recently killed during an attack by migrants pushed across the border. He emphasized that the Belarusian people do not share Lukashenko's hostility towards Poland, stating that Belarusians are committed to good relations with their Polish neighbors. It’s Lukashenko who wants a war with Poland, and it is his regime that is doing everything to destroy the relationship between Belarusian and Polish peoples. Pavel Latushka also shared positive developments from his meeting at the Lublin city administration earlier that day. He and representatives from Lublin's Belarusian community discussed their plans to showcase Belarusian culture as part of Lublin's bid for European Capital of Culture. These plans include a comprehensive program of Belarusian cultural events and a proposal to name a street in Lublin in honor of Belarus and its people. During his meeting with Krzysztof Stanowski, Director of the Center for International Cooperation of the Lublin City Hall, and Magdalena Zaremba-Opalińska, Head of the Culture Department, Pavel Latushka expressed his gratitude for their support of the "Personnel Reserve for New Belarus" project, an internship program that brought future Belarusian civil servants to Lublin on 11 December 2023. They agreed to continue supporting this program, with another round of internships planned for late 2024. They also discussed plans to feature Belarusian cultural events as part of Lublin's "Middle East" festival. Pavel Latushka and Lublin city officials also explored opportunities to collaborate with the "Free Kupalaucy" theater group. Latushka, who previously served as General Director of the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater in Minsk, signed a cooperation agreement with Lublin's Juliusz Osterwa Theater in 2020. The city's Department of Culture expressed interest in supporting a joint theatrical production. The possibility of naming a street in Lublin after a prominent figure in Belarusian culture and history, or a significant date in Belarusian history, was also raised. The Center for International Cooperation and the city's cultural department expressed their support for this initiative. Therefore, Pavel Latushka invited all Belarusians to submit their suggestions for naming the new street in Lublin through the NAM team's social media channels or the NAM chatbot. The meeting was part of Pavel Latushka’s ongoing outreach to Belarusian communities across Poland and beyond. In the past month alone, he has participated in meetings in Bialystok, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, and Lublin, as well as virtual meetings with Belarusian communities in France and Israel. In total, these meetings have reached approximately 700 people.

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