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14 Sep 2021

Professional Union of Belarusians in Britain (PUBB)

Letter: Sandoz & Novartis Group social responsibility - placement of advertisements on Belarusian State Television

We, the Professional Union of Belarusians in Britain (PUBB), the People’s Embassy of Belarus in the UK and the Belarusian Community Group "Nadzeya" are reaching out to you regarding the placing of a television advertisement for Sandoz on Belarusian State Television.

We urge you to abstain from placing further advertisements on Belarusian TV channels. Indeed, Belarusian state television is a propaganda tool used to distort the truth, intimidate the population and support the illegitimate regime and state terrorism...

We note that under its Human Rights Guidelines of Novartis Group "we must use appropriate standards and processes to make sure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses within our sphere of influence". We kindly invite you to consider if continuing cooperation with a propaganda tool of "illegitimate, illegal and criminal" (these are the actual terms from the EU Parliament Resolution) regime is compatible with Novartis Group ethical standards and the above commitment?...