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21 April 2021, 14:06

Bill on protecting judges, civil servants past Belarusian parliament

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus has passed a bill on amending the law on the state protection of judges, officials of law enforcement and oversight agencies, officers of state protection bodies, BelTA has learned.

Belarusian Internal Affairs Minister Ivan Kubrakov said: “Amendments to the law have been dictated by time. Officials received threats in late 2020 and in early 2021 due to the execution of their official duties. Not only law enforcement officers or judges were threatened but also people with an active civil stance – teachers, artists, reporters also received a large number of threats. This is why the bill introduces the term ‘other people to be protected'.”

In his words, any citizen, who receives threats, can contact police. In turn, police will determine the degree of threat. “The degree of protection will be determined with that in mind. Some will simply need to change their place of work or the place of residence while some may need to change their appearance,” the official noted.

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