The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) strongly supports the statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the declaration made by the European Union’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and the joint statement of HR/VP Josep Borrell and the Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi regarding the presidential elections in Belarus.
We are deeply concerned that the presidential election on August 9, 2020 did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State and was neither free nor fair.
We condemn the state violence against peaceful protesters, causing death and injuries, detaining thousands of people, and suppressing freedoms of assembly, media and expression. We call on the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all the detained people.
We condemn the Russian Federation’s sending its mercenaries disguised as tourists to subvert the election. We remind the world that the Russian Federation, under similar pretenses, invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and after more than six years continues to occupy the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.
We stand for an independent, democratic Belarus where human rights and freedoms are respected and cherished. We support Belarus and its people in their desire for democracy and true Belarusian identity, free of Russian subversion.
We call upon the United States, European Union, and their allies to work with Belarus and its people to find a solution, and to sanction the Russian Federation for its subversion of Belarus’ election and its ongoing violations of international law and human rights.