Poland's Duda writes to Biden over Belarusian repression

The regime in Minsk is waging an attack against the Polish minority in Belarus due to their commitment to Western democratic values, Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter to US President Joe Biden.

Duda urged Biden to bring up the issues of human rights violations and persecution of the civil society, including the Polish minority, at the UN Security Council, which the US is now presiding over.

"Therefore, echoing my statement from the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council of February this year, I kindly ask you as the current presidency of the United Nations Security Council to urgently address the topic at one of its upcoming meetings," Duda wrote.

Belarusian authorities have arrested Andzelika Borys, head of a Polish diaspora organisation, and three senior members of the organisation, while other Polish activists have also faced persecution. Borys was detained for 15 days for "organising an illegal mass event," a traditional annual fair for the Polish diaspora.

Additionally, the Minsk regime has detained a number of Polish school teachers and their headmasters.

Political demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko and new, fair elections, have been taking place in Belarus since August 9, 2020 amid the government's brutal crackdown on the protests.