2010 07/09
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Belarusian Non-Governmental Organizations Assembly which consists of almost 280 public organizations accepted appeal about the disunity situation in democratic political circles on the eve of presidential campaign.

Quoting the head of NGO Assembly Work group Siarhey Matskievich, “the appeal is addressed to wide audience: potential president candidates, leaders of political parties and groups. But firstly it is addressed to activists of political and public sectors who are interested in democratic changes in Belarus”. The document was approved by members of NGO Assembly Work group – the representatives of the most influential public associations of Belarus.

“We, representatives of Belarusian public society, are deeply concerned about the situation in political circles on the eve of presidential election campaign. Disunity of democratic candidates for president’s post, inability to appoint a united candidate, their lack of strategic goals and developed actions plan places in question the seriousness of their intentions”, – says the appeal.
The members of Work group on behalf of democratic public society promised to “properly inform, activate and organize Belarusian people on the eve of presidential campaign to achieve freedom, rights and to restore democracy”.

The authors of the appeal are also worried about democratic camp’s lack of common stance on the regime and Belarus’s future. “Belarusian people are being suggested to choose between artificially created options such as to change the ruling power of the country according to Russian strategies from the one side and to defend the regime as an “independence warrantor” from the other one. This “choosing” isn’t aimed at fighting for national and democratic interests and is threatening Belarus’s both national and democratic perspectives at the same time”, – states the document.

In connection with the problems of the forthcoming election fight the members of NGO Assembly Work group encourage political democratic leaders to unite strategic and practically.

“The appeal mentioned is in a certain way a position of some part of Belarusian public sector. NGO Assembly represents interests of this group. We hope that political leaders who are potential president candidates will take into account opinions of ordinary Belarusians who are engaged in the third sector’s work. Belarusian public society can’t stand aside of the main political events, that’s why we decided to tell about our point of view about the present pre-election situation”, – summoned up the chairman of NGO Assembly Work group and speaker of Eastern Partnership Public Society Forum Siarhiey Matskievich.

Note: Belarusian Non-Governmental Organizations Assembly is a unity of 278 Belarusian public organizations and initiatives. It has been working since 1997. Main goals: pushing and fighting for interests of Belarusian NGO Assembly’s interests; providing communication between public organizations; help in NGO work; monitoring, analysis and valuation of public sector and law state. Since European parliament has announced test period for Belarusian authorities, the organization carries out strong monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus.

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APPEAL OF BELARUSIAN DEMOCRATIC NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ASSOTIATION WORK GROUP

Political, economic and social state in the country is more than ever favorable to begin changes, reforms and democratization. Both political and public sectors’ duty is to work actively with people, to fight for inherent freedoms and human rights, to strengthen independence; and today which is more important – for the Constitutional right to choose ruling power freely.
We, representatives of Belarus’s public society are deeply concerned about the situation in political circles on the eve of presidential election campaign.

Disunity of democratic candidates for president’s post, inability to appoint a united candidate, their lack of strategic goals and developed actions plan places in question the seriousness of their intentions. Instead of attracting new people, pirating of the most active people from one candidate’s camp to another takes place. It ruins initiative and volunteer principles of public society and minify chances for effective election campaign.

We are worried about the fact that political organizations which pronounce democratic principles don’t have common stance on the authoritarian regime and Belarus’s future on the eve of the presidential elections.

Belarusian people are being suggested to choose between artificially created options such as to change the ruling power of the country according to Russian strategies from the one side and to defend the regime as an “independence warrantor” from the other one. This “choosing” isn’t aimed at fighting for national and democratic interests and is threatening Belarus’s both national and democratic perspectives at the same time. It is a matter of Belarusians themselves – to shape country’s destiny. And the real independence can’t exist without freedom and democracy.

We appeal to democratic political leaders who want Belarus to be free European country, who in any case don’t justify the ruling regime, for whom democracy and independence are interrelated values – to unite practically and strategic. In our turn our democratic public society will take active part in informing, activating and organizing Belarusian society on the eve of elections to achieve freedom, rights and to restore democracy.

Quoting NGO Assembly,
Prepared by Ales LETA,
Belarusian Legal Portal,
by.prava-by.info

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