Tuesday, February 07, 2006

For Belarus with love!

The European Youth Forum wholeheartedly objects to the decision from the Supreme Court of Belarus to liquidate its Member Organisation, the Belarusian Union of Youth and Children’s Public Association (RADA); the only representative youth-led platform for youth organisations in Belarus, comprising a European model and structure.

The European Youth Forum gives its full support to the young people of Belarus and deems this decision to be a direct attack on the fundamentals of democracy as, following this decision, Belarusian youth are being deprived of their right to freedom of association, and consequently, are suffering a limitation on their freedom of expression. In the light of these events, the YFJ will assume its role of further exploring the idea of establishing an independent foundation to support youth civil society initiatives in the Republic of Belarus.

The YFJ calls on all international institutions and governments to condemn the outrageous act of political cleansing that the Belarusian government undertakes before the elections. The urgency of the judicial process, lasting from the lawsuit initiated on 28 January to the Court decision on 6 February, reflects that this action has been taken as part of a political campaign prior to the Presidential elections.

“A Youth Council can be liquidated, but democratic youth initiatives will never be shut down,” said Renaldas Vaisbrodas, President of the European Youth Forum. “We call on our Member Organisations to initiate peaceful protest actions on 14 February to demonstrate their support and solidarity with the young people of Belarus.”

Show your support to RADA on 14 February:


· Send a Valentines postcard to RADA at the following address:

Masherov av., 25-231
Minsk, 220002, Belarus
tel./fax 375 17 2348343

· Organise peaceful demonstration actions on this date