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Amnesty International: Belarusian Health Workers Are at the Forefront of the Human Rights Crisis

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Amnesty International: Belarusian Health Workers Are at the Forefront of the Human Rights Crisis

A human rights organization has recognized the persecution of protesters in Belarus.

Medical workers who took part in the protests were subjected to unjustified persecution by law enforcement officials in Belarus. This is the conclusion reached by the international human rights organization Amnesty International in a special briefing.

According to human rights activists, doctors who participated in rallies, criticized the authorities, or openly declared the deaths and injuries of protesters were persecuted. Subsequently, many of them were completely deprived of the right to work in the health sector, the document says.

“Belarusian health workers have been on the frontline of the country’s human rights crisis, treating protesters with injuries and exposing the government’s attempts to downplay the bloodshed. Many have paid a heavy price for their integrity, losing their livelihoods, and in some cases their human rights,” said Bruce Millar, Amnesty International's Deputy Campaign Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

He stressed that doctors were fired in the face of a chronic shortage of doctors in the country. Millar called on the international community to deal with this situation.