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e-2829 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Siarhei Mazgavoi from Nepean, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The August 9, 2020, Presidential election in Belarus became one of the dirtiest rigged elections;
  • Dictator Lukashenko’s regime brutally suppressed the ensuing nationwide peaceful protests with rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons, and stun grenades; and
  • The repression resulted in over 7,000 unlawful detentions, four confirmed deaths (one caused by use of fire arms), and 89 cases of missing people.
We, the undersigned, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Demand that Belarusian officials free all political prisoners;
2. Demand that dictator Lukashenko resign immediately;
3. Demand that a proper investigation be conducted into the atrocities committed in the streets and in Belarusian detention centres (violent beatings, torture, rape, denial of medical care);
4. Demand that Belarusian officials immediately stop repression against any individuals and organizations that started industrial action, and against any citizens opposed to the Lukashenko regime;
5. Adopt the Magnitsky Act for Belarus that would include all persons involved in the repression, abductions, torture, murders, dismissals, threats of removal of children from families, as well as the persons involved in falsifying the 2020 election results;
6. Appeal to the UN Security Council to refer Lukashenko and his regime to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity;
7. Support the democratic movement and its activists within Belarus by all acceptable means, and support the democratic initiatives of Belarusians abroad; and
8. Prevent Russia’s interference in the conflict between Belarusian society and the Lukashenko regime.
Open for signature
September 15, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 15, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Chandra Arya (Nepean)
October 26, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00158)
Photo - Chandra Arya
Liberal Caucus
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