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20 Aug 2019

Belarus president reminds law enforcers to protect citizens’ lives, rights

Belarus president reminds law enforcers to protect citizens’ lives, rights

MINSK, 20 August (BelTA) – Protecting lives and rights of people is the top-priority task of the law enforcement system. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement during the government conference held on 20 August to discuss the quality of crime detection and investigation by law enforcement agencies, BelTA has learned.

The president stressed that people and fair treatment of the people have always been, are, and will be the foundation of the entire policy of the state. The head of state added that he constantly talks about it not for the sake of populism or PR. “If you think I do, you cannot occupy positions of power. Let me emphasize once again: people are the most important thing and fairness is the most important thing in our policy towards people. Protecting lives and rights of people is the top-priority task of the law enforcement system. The nation’s trust in this system is one of the key indicators to measure the effectiveness, professionalism, and legality of actions of all law enforcement officers. It is extremely important to preserve this trust, which is impossible without observing the letter of the law at every step of the work,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state pointed out that first of all law enforcement agencies must ensure presumption of innocence. At the same time they must observe the principle of inevitability of punishment for crimes. “It is what the nation demands of us. We’ve sworn an oath to the people,” he noted. “Moreover, today law enforcement agencies have everything they need to work well. This is why the nation and the state have the right to expect the relevant results.”

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