Don’t Revoke Custody of Children From Pro-Democracy Activists

Target: Irina Kostevich, Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Belarus

Goal: End threats to remove children from parents’ custody as punishment for pro-democracy protests.

Hundreds of Belarusian parents have been threatened with the loss of their children after participating in peaceful protests against the continued rule of authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko. Schools have forced parents to sign waivers accepting that they may lose custody of their children. Other parents have reported being harassed in their homes by police, and the country’s top legal officer has issued menacing remarks that teenage protesters may also be removed from their homes without warning.

Lukashenko was stripped of most international recognition for his dictatorial regime following his loss in a recent election. In response, his security forces have countered to widespread protests with arbitrary arrests, and alleged torture, rape, and sexual assault. This latest attack on his people’s human rights is further evidence of the need to remove him from office. Sign the petition below to demand that his followers cease intimidating parents.


Dear Minister Kostevich,

Threats to remove children as young as 12 from their parents as punishment for fighting for democracy are a shameful sign of your government’s desperation. Rather than accept the will of the people with dignity, your attempt to weaponize social services is another sign of your desperate efforts to cling to power. I demand that you order social services not to deprive parents of their children for protesting President Lukashenko’s continued illegal occupation of the presidency.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Sounds pretty much like the intolerant one sided liberals here in America that want to shut everyone down they don’t agree with! Liberals have become violent against Trump supporters and Conservatives. They are canceleling free speech because they are hurt by others opinion. Liberals are communists that want to shut down everyone they don’t agree with.

    • Great job making it all about you, jackass. These people are facing a genuine threat and all you can do is moan about your own selfish prejudices.

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