Office of Prosecutor General forwards complaint about impossibility to learn in Belarusian to Ministry of Education

2015 2015-02-13T18:07:36+0300 2015-02-13T18:07:36+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Yadviha Malashchanka and Alisa Filipchyk

Yadviha Malashchanka and Alisa Filipchyk

The parents of the pupils of the former Belarusian-language form in Baranavichy Tatsiana and Aleh Malashchanka and Antanina and Vasil Filipchyk received a letter from the Office of the Prosecutor General of Belarus, signed by a senior prosecutor Department for Supervision of the rights and freedoms of citizens V. Kukso.

There it is reported that the Prosecutor General's Office forwards the appeal of the parents about the wish of their children to learn in the Belarusian language to the Ministry of Education and asks the ministry to give an answer to the interested parties and the Prosecutor General.

“We have applied to the Office of the Prosecutor General, as far as Baranavichy, Brest and Minsk officials deny us the right to education of our children in the state Belarusian language. We have asked the Prosecutor General to defend our rights and to punish the offenders. We went through all the courts before it. However, I still cannot understand from this answer how our problem will be solved,” commented Tatsiana Malashchanka.

She noted that there was some little hope that a form with the Belarusian language of instruction would be opened. Mrs. Malashchanka hopes that the prosecutor's office may make the state officials
comply with the law.

Human rights activist Siarhei Housha, in his turn, is more skeptical, He believes that the prosecutor office must not forward the parents' appeal to other state agencies, but carry out an inspection and draw the officials, who prohibit the opening of a form with the Belarusian language of instruction, to legal account.

As the Brest Inter-District Prosecutor's Office failed to do so, Mr. Housha is of the opinion that the Office of the Prosecutor General won't do it either.



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