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Belarus Must Play Fair, in Sports and Beyond

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Freedom House and 20 other international human rights and civil society organizations are proud sponsors of the
Fair Play Beyond Sports campaign to support Belarusian civil society, as Belarus hosts the Ice Hockey World Championship, May 9-25.

"It is crucial that people around the world speak in solidarity with the citizens and civil society organizations striving to make Belarus an open and democratic society, where people demand - and the government respects - their fundamental rights and freedoms," said Susan Corke, director of Eurasia programs at Freedom House.

"Belarus is hosting a global sports competition that promotes integrity and follows a universal set of rules, a sense of fair play that the government should follow at home. While showing the world that it supports fair competition, Belarus's leaders should demonstrate that fair play is not only a motto for sports, but a way of living - before, during and after the the championship."

The full text of the statement is available here.

To discover ways to join the Fair Play Beyond Sports campaign and spread the message, visit the campaign page.

Belarus is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Belarus, visit:
Belarus Releases Political Prisoner, Continues to Muzzle Critics
Initiative for Belarusian Political Prisoners
Freedom in the World 2014: Belarus
Freedom on the Net 2013: Belarus
Freedom of the Press 2013: Belarus
Nations in Transit 2013: Belarus
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