Supreme Court: no evidence of neglect of Belarusian language in courts
The Supreme Court has found no evidence of neglect of the Belarusian language by judges of Minsk’s district courts, says a response received by volunteer of the HRC "Viasna" Uladzimir Andryenka, who earlier sent a statement about a violation of his right to use his native language in court.
The letter also says that there are no grounds for initiating disciplinary proceedings against Judge Husakova of the Maskouski District Court, who considered the activist’s civil case and actually forced the applicant to use the Russian language.
The Supreme Court refers in its reply to the fact that the issue of the language of the trial is decided by the judge personally. The issues cannot be discussed with persons involved in the proceedings.
“However, your opinion on the need to implement measures aimed at further improving the knowledge of the Belarusian language by judges and court clerks will be studied and taken into account,” says Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court Zabara.