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12 Oct 2017

Belarus, France to discuss human rights protection, return of cultural property

MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – Belarus and France are expected to discuss the protection of human rights and the return of cultural property. These issues will be in the focus of the visit of Francois Croquette, Human Rights Ambassador at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Belarus on 17-19 October, spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik told a press briefing on 12 October, BelTA has learned.

“The French official is set to meet with representatives of the Belarusian parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Culture Ministry, and the National Library to discuss the matters related to the protection of human rights and also the issues concerning the return of cultural property,” said the spokesman.

In his words, four-day visit of the technical mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to Belarus will be over on 12 October. The goal of the mission was to outline the promising areas of cooperation between Belarus and the OHCHR as part of the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2019.

The OHCHR experts held meetings in the Interior Ministry, the Labor and Social Security Ministry, the Education Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor-General’s Office, the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research, and the National Statistics Committee.

The program of the visit also included meetings of the OHCHR experts with representatives of the UN country team and the Belarusian civil society.

“Being the coordinator of the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, jointly with the OHCHR, will outline concrete areas of bilateral cooperation, events with the participation of a wide range of national and foreign partners for joint work on the plan,” the spokesman said.

The First National Human Rights Action Plan was approved by the Belarusian government in October 2016. This document is a so-called roadmap that determines the areas of action in the implementation of Belarus’ international human rights commitments.


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