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Blacklisted Justice Minister Celebrates Anniversary of Election Repressions in Switzerland

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According to the UCP press-service

On 16 March the prime-minister Siarhei Sidorski signed ruling #336 of the Soviet of Ministers to send the minister of justice Viktar Halavanau to Geneva for participation in the 2nd international meeting of national commission and other organs of international humanitarian law concerning the legal mechanisms to prevent disappearance of individuals, clearing the fates of the missing and giving aid to their families.

In April 2006 Viktar Halavanau was introduced into the list of the Belarusian officials who were banned entrance to EU. In the end of 2006 the Government of Switzerland decided to ban entrance to 37 figurants of this list because the Belarusian Government violated the constitutional principles during the presidential election.

It’s worth mentioning that Halavanau has never raised the topic of political disappearances in Belarus, nor he gave orders for all-sided and full investigation of the matter. Under his rule the courts of Belarus turned into repressive organs for lynching Lukashenka’s opponents. The latter ones were sentenced to arrests, personal restraint and imprisonment on criminal orders of the regime. After the peaceful protest of 19 March 2006 hundreds of people were imprisoned for 3-15 days. The Belarusian judges completely justified the actions of the authorities by their lawless rulings to arrest the innocent people. Nevertheless, minister Halavanau celebrates the anniversary of repressions not in Belarus, but in Geneva.

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