Letter of international solidarity
We, the Belarusian Culture Solidarity Foundation, call on the international creative community to sign an open letter of solidarity with the Belarusian artists.
We, the representatives of the cultural sphere, are concerned about the situation in which our colleagues have found themselves - fired, imprisoned, and beaten for voicing their civil stance during and after the presidential elections 2020.
We do not accept violence in any possible form and stand united for:
- The freedom of artistic expression
- Intellectual independence
- The right for civil protest and public disagreement with the official government policy
- The right to remain human in inhumane circumstances
All of those are inalienable fundamental rights of a person, and the limitation or elimination of them is unlawful. Unfortunately, they do not work in today's Belarus. Currently, at least 20 out of 30 basic human rights have been violated, including such as the right to life, liberty, and security of person; the right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal; the freedom of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, etc. Without culture, there is no future for the Belarusian nation. By uprising against the psychological, physical, and bureaucratic oppression of Belarusian cultural activists, we protect the right of the culture to be vivid, nuanced, complicated — just like the soul of a modern person. We appeal to the international creative community to keep Belarus in your minds and your hearts. Support fearless Belarusian art-partisans through words and actions. Promote creative freedom! Join the global cultural resistance against the political dictatorship. With my signature, I want to express personal solidarity with everyone who creates free Belarusian culture.