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Masaryk University called for respect for democratic principles in Belarus

Masaryk University condemned repressions in Belarus and wants to offer help to persecuted academics.

Statement by the Rector of Masaryk University on the situation in Belarus

The management of Masaryk University is deeply concerned about what is happening in the Republic of Belarus in connection with the presidential elections and with the development after these elections. All indications are that the recent elections in Belarus were not free and fair and that basic democratic rules were not respected. Not to mention the violent and brutal actions of the Belarusian authorities and forces after the elections.

In this context, we call on the Belarussian authorities to withdraw from violence and persecution against protesters who are opposing the undemocratic election process, the falsification of votes and the desire for democratic change and a better future for their country.

We call on the Belarussian authorities and officials to enter into an open dialogue with Belarusian civil society and to find a peaceful solution to the situation, while respecting the principles of democratic rule of law, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

In connection with what is happening in Belarus, the management of Masaryk University will further consider the possibilities of assistance in the form of study stays or workplaces for persecuted Belarusian academics.

Martin Bareš,
Rector of Masaryk University