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Government Sends Complaint Against Shunevich To Prosecutor General’s Office

IHAR SHUNEVICH
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Human rights activists demand to check the scandalous statements of the Ministry of Internal Affairs's head.

After the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Investigative Committee did not see the grounds for conducting an inspection, giving a legal assessment to the statements of the Minister of Internal Affairs Ihar Shunevich and bringing him to criminal responsibility, the human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich filed an appeal to the Council of Ministers on February 7, HRC Vesna reports.

He asked to bring the Minister of Internal Affairs to disciplinary responsibility in connection with the inadequate execution of legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus. In his appeal, he stressed that the Prosecutor General’s Office had refused him, therefore he appeals to the Council of Ministers.

But instead, the Council of Ministers informed the human rights activist that his appeal was again sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office for consideration, but with the “resolution of the Deputy Prime Minister.” Thus, the Prosecutor General’s Office for the second time will consider if the Minister of Internal Affairs should be brought to justice. Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office responded to the appeal of the HRC Vesna, that after examining Ihar Shunevich's interview to the ONT TV channel, they established that the Minister “expressed his personal opinion on some issues.”

We remind, that the Human Rights Center Viasna filed an application, signed by the chairman Ales Bialiatski and the lawyer Valiantsin Stefanovich, to the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Investigative Committee, so that these state bodies could check on the fact of discriminatory statements made by the Minister of Internal Affairs Ihar Shunevich on television.

It was about an interview with the minister in which he spoke about the citizens of the Republic of Belarus belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, calling them “holed.”

The Investigation Committee, carrying out no linguistic expertise, concluded that there was no incitement of hatred in the statements of Minister Shunevich. Moreover, in its response, the IC wrote that “anyone's opinions and comments on events are not grounds for an inspection procedure determined by the CPC.”