MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) – The Labor and Social Security Ministry of Belarus has taken stock of the campaign to support Belarusian Paralympic athletes “No to double standards of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” that was ongoing in Belarus for about a month, BelTA learned from the ministry's press service.
A reminder, the International Paralympic Committee suspended Belarus' membership in the organization, thus depriving Belarusian athletes with disabilities of the opportunity to take part in international competitions. That prompted people from various regions of the country to raise their voice against this decision and to support the athletes. Anyone could record video messages and send a link to the Labor and Social Security Ministry of Belarus. More than 50 videos have been received since 23 November.
“Belarusians do not agree with the decision of the International Paralympic Committee. Not only people with disabilities spoke up against this, but also ordinary citizens: from teachers to entire editorial offices of newspapers. This shows the ability of our people to unite in difficult moments and to demonstrate their willingness to help defend the truth. Thank you everyone for your participation,” said Labor and Social Security Minister Irina Kostevich.
At the end of the campaign, videos were sent to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as to the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. These structures are meant to promote inclusion and respect for the human rights of people with disabilities. All videos are available on the website, in social networks and on the YouTube channel of the ministry.