August 3, 2021
WHEREAS, on August 9, 2020, Alexander Lukashenko lost the Belarusian presidential elections, falsified the result, seized and has retained power since then with the help of force, and is the main source of violation of the Belarusian citizens’ rights;
WHEREAS, in August 2020 an uprising began against tyranny and oppression provoked by the complete disregard of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the ruling regime;
WHEREAS protection of the territorial integrity, sovereignty of the country, and the right for liberty is the basis of the civic duty of the Belarusian people;
WHEREAS only coordinated, comprehensive, and thoughtful actions of the people can lead to the restoration of democracy in the Republic of Belarus,
We, the signatories to the Memorandum, hereinafter referred to as “Coalition Members and Partners”, declare the establishment of the Coalition of Protesting Neighbourhoods and believe that:
Since the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko on September 23, 2020, the ruling regime has been acting as an organized crime group that has usurped power in the country;
All legislative acts adopted by the state starting from September 23, 2020, have no legal power;
All state loans received after September 23, 2020, are the personal debt of Alexander Lukashenko and other state officials who executed the respective loan agreements on behalf of the state;
As well as:
The Belarusian sovereignty and territorial integrity cannot be bargained for; Forceful methods of struggle can be permissible in cases of self-defence and, if necessary, to overthrow the terrorist regime.
- Strategic Goals of the Coalition
1.1. To return of the power in the country to the Belarusian people.
1.2. To restore of democracy, equal rights and freedoms for all citizens, the supremacy of law, freedoms of speech and assembly.
1.3. To normalise of the economic, social, and political lives of the country during the transitional period, once the power is returned to its legitimate source, the people of the Republic of Belarus, and until the next democratic elections on local and national levels.
1.4. To preserve and protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus.
1.5. To prosecute persons involved in electoral fraud and other actions, which have contributed to the seizure and retention of power by Alexander Lukashenko, and in repressions against the people of Belarus and citizens of other countries.
1.6. To secure the cancellation of sentences, the immediate release of prisoners from places of detention, a compensation for damages, and the complete restoration of rights for all citizens and residents of the Republic of Belarus who have been convicted, arrested, terminated, demoted, or expelled from educational institutions due to their civic position, participation in the political life of the Republic of Belarus, the 2020 Belarusian presidential campaign, as well as the protests that followed.
1.7. To ensure amnesty or pardon for citizens who will be recognized as fulfilling their civic duty to overthrow the dictatorship and whose actions will be recognized as appropriate in the given conditions and characterized by a proportionate or forced use of force.
1.8. To assist in the formation of the Constituent Assembly to develop a draft of the new Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and reforms to be carried out during the transitional period.
- Principles and Obligations of the Coalition
2.1. Members and Partners of the Coalition
2.1.1. A Member of the Coalition is an official or an informal community or association of citizens that (1) shares the above-stated goals, (2) is ready to fulfil its obligations related to achieving them within self-selected roles and activities, (3) has signed this Memorandum, and (4) meets the formal criteria. The formal criteria include:
(a) demonstrated participation in the electoral and post-electoral events on the side of the Belarusian people;
(b) compliance with certain security requirements.
Members commit to:
Participation in the Council of the Coalition and working groups;
Setting a shared agenda and working within its parameters;
Executing on the decisions made according to the procedures described in Part 3 of the Memorandum within self-selected roles and activities.
2.1.2. A Partner of the Coalition is an official or an informal community or association of citizens that (1) shares the above-state goals, (2) collaborates with the Coalition on mutually beneficial terms to solve specific problems or execute on specific projects, which are agreed upon in advance. Partners of the Coalition do not participate in voting and executing on the decisions made by the Coalition according to the procedures described in Part 3 of the Memorandum.
Partners commit to:
Participating in working groups for projects, which have been agreed upon in advance;
Supporting joint decisions and workstreams in joint projects;
Providing informational support to Coalition’s projects.
2.2. A group signifies the signing of the Memorandum by publishing a statement on the group’s online media with a link to the Memorandum and a simultaneous notification of the Coalition. If a Member of the Coalition does not have an online media, they should permit the Coalition to publish the statement on the Coalition’s media.
2.3. Members and Partners of the Coalition should express tolerance toward one another in the case of operational or tactical disagreements, maintain a working atmosphere, and are responsible for the fulfilment of their commitments.
2.5. Members of the Coalition should refrain from publicly criticizing other entities that are fighting the regime of Alexander Lukashenko if this contradicts the agenda adopted according to the procedures described in Part 3 of the Memorandum. This limitation does not apply to personal conversations and statements made by individuals.
3.1. Any Member of the Coalition can put any subject matter to a vote on a decision to be adopted, including proposed amendments to this Memorandum, the admission of new, or the expulsion of existing Members and Partners of the Coalition.
3.2. Decisions are made by a direct open vote. Each Member of the Coalition has 100 votes for each decision being voted on.
3.3. Members of the Coalition decide how the votes are distributed according to their internal rules and regulations. The votes can be assigned either entirely to one option, or proportionately to several options.
3.4. Quorum is achieved if at least 70% of the total voting Members of the Coalition cast a vote.
3.5. A decision is considered adopted if an option receives 65% or more of the votes cast.
3.6. Voting on the admission of new Members or Partners to the Coalition, the expulsion of existing Members of Partners from the Coalition, and amendments to the Memorandum are conducted according to the decision-making principles set forth in this Part 3 of the Memorandum.
3.7. Except for emergency situations, which require prompt decision making, each vote is announced well in advance and has a certain predetermined deadline.
3.8. Coalition Members commit to participate in all and every vote. Missing three consecutive votes without a valid reason may result a specific Coalition Member to be excluded from further voting. Subsequent participation in the next vote automatically restores the Member’s standing.