Renee Gittins Executive Director IGDA

Human Rights Violations: IGDA Executive Director Releases Statement

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) released a statement through the organization’s Executive Director about the human rights violations happening in Belarus.

Report from CNN on what is happening in Belarus.

Renee Gittins, executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), has issued the following statement on human rights violations in solidarity with the IGDA Belarus chapter.

“The people of Belarus are taking to the streets for their right to have a free and transparent election and in support of their basic human rights. Citizens peacefully protesting have been met with violence, arrests, and torture. As a global organization with members around the world, we stand with the people of Belarus for the release of all political prisoners and a transparent election. 

“Video games are a medium of innovation, creativity, technology, and self-expression. Game developers cannot thrive without the freedom to express themselves. It is heartbreaking to know that developers and other citizens have been violently beaten and arrested for their peaceful protests.  Cutting internet access not only silences the voices of the people, but it also damages the livelihoods of developers who rely on it. 

“The citizens of Belarus must have a say in their country’s future. We here at the International Game Developers Association stand by them and those who fight to make their voices heard.”

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Please remember to be kind to one another, and treat others as you wish them to treat you. Game development is not just the first-person and AAA, games, it’s a learning experience, an art, an expression of who you are or what you have experienced. Game development and video games mean so many different things to people that sometimes, we humans forget that the whole point of a game is to interact with a world and experience it as yourself.

So, go pick up a new game, experience it, and remember to support those in other countries who just trying to do the same. Be treated fairly and equally so that they may enjoy their lives peacefully.

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