National Equality Resolution

We publish the “Resolution on National Equality” – a document signed on December 1, 1990 by representatives of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. At that time part of the people believed the bourgeois politicians, but their promises of equality for everyone turned out to be a blatant lie. The politicians themselves do not hide this, openly declaring that they “had to” lie in order to take power in the state. Only instead of the words “take power” they lie about the struggle for some “independence of Latvia.” The independence, which turned into an almost complete destruction of the country.

Here is what one of the creators of the Popular Front of Latvia, Janis Freimanis, wrote in his memoirs:

“We deliberately deceived the non-Latvian colonists, while bringing them closer to us and asking them only for the loyalty towards the independent Latvia… As I understand it, Latvia cannot be a common home for everyone – this is so, and I think that most Latvians think the same way. And it’s good that in this way at least we, Latvians, will last longer as a people… In the depths of our hearts, the majority of Latvians have never and still still do not equate Latvians and non-Latvians, and therefore it’s clear that when the Popular Front of Latvia took over power and regained independence, these emotions came out, and it was clearly stated which people in Latvia would be the master.”

The text of the resolution follows (translated from Russian).

“We, the members of the Supreme Councils of the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia, in a joint meeting, express our determination to ensure respect for the rights of all people living in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, irrespective of their nationality, native language, political and religious beliefs, in accordance with international human rights instruments, as well as the laws of our states, and compliance of these laws and regulations with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We confirm invariability of our aspiration to improve our State structures so that they secure the protection of rights of all national communities living in our States and promote respect for the culture and customs of people of different nationalities.

We call upon all national communities to actively contribute to the development of democratic institutions that would form the basis of a common welfare and progress in the independent Baltic States.

Chairmen of the joint meeting:

from the Republic of Latvia
A. Gorbunov
of the Supreme Council

from the Republic of Lithuania
V. Landsbergis
of the Supreme Council

from the Republic of Estonia
A. Rüütel
of the Supreme Council”

From left to right: V. Landsbergis, A. Rüütel, A. Gorbunov