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22 June 2022, 18:38

Belarus accuses Poland of systemic violations of international obligations on refugees

MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) - There are numerous facts confirming a systemic violation by Poland of its international obligations towards asylum seekers, Irina Velichko, the head of the Main Department of Multilateral Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, said as she addressed a special event on racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia in Europe with a focus on victimization and glorification of Nazi accomplices, BelTA has learned.

Irina Velichko cited a number of examples from the report "The most outrageous cases of human rights violations in certain countries 2022", prepared by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Human rights activists also draw attention to the discriminatory approach used by the Polish authorities in admitting refugees on the basis of nationality. The unsanitary conditions in refugee detention demonstrate the corresponding attitude towards them on the part of Poland: as second-class citizens," said Irina Velichko.

The web-based event was organized jointly by Belarus and Russia on the sidelines of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Estonia took the decision to limit the opportunities for citizens of Belarus and Russia to do business in that country, which is a blatant politicized discrimination on the basis of nationality.

The report of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents detailed information on these cases, and various examples of violations in other categories of human rights.

Belarusian and Russian experts discussed current topics related to contemporary forms and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia in Europe.

The event was opened by Belarus' Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva Larisa Belskaya and Russia's Permanent Representative Gennady Gatilov.

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