Help HRF raise funds for state factory workers, journalists and members of the state security apparatus who have been impacted by their support for democracy in Belarus.
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Why does HRF care?
HRF’s mission is to defend human rights where they are systematically denied to people. Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus is one of the most violent and brutal in the world, where political dissent is met with extreme brutality. Free elections have not taken place in 26 years. His regime is currently at a point where nationwide public protests could usher in a new era of democracy.
What is happening in Belarus?
The dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko is wavering following rigged elections on August 9, 2020. Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko officially received 80% of the vote, despite widespread support for challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. There was massive electoral fraud, even in Lukashenko’s strongholds. After Belarusians took to the streets to protest the results, state security forces reacted violently, resorting to rubber bullets, tear gas, and extreme brutality. So far thousands of peaceful protesters have been arbitrarily detained and sent to holding prisons, where members of the security services have beat and tortured them. Several people have been killed. However, protests have been strengthened by striking state factory workers and the defection of many middle and low-ranking members of the government to the opposition. As protests reach the end of their second week, the future of Belarus hangs on the edge.
Why are we fundraising?
Striking state factory workers have been threatened and denied their salaries while on strike. Members of the state security forces who refuse to carry out illegal orders and journalists who refuse to propagate disinformation on public television have been terminated and refused pay. Even people who care about democracy may waver in their commitment to support the protests if they can’t support their families. HRF wants to provide financial assistance for those that have been targeted by the Lukashenko regime for their support for democracy in Belarus.
What will the funds be used for?
The objective of the Belarus Solidarity Fund is to provide some financial assistance to Belarusians who have been fired as a result of their support for the pro-democracy protests against the Lukashenko regime. Recipients will be carefully vetted by HRF in coordination with Belarusian nonprofits, civil society organizations, and international human rights experts.
HRF is a 501(c)3 charity organization and any funds donated are tax-deductible in the United States to the fullest extent permissible by law.
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Your support is critical to sustain the democratic movement in Belarus.