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Baranavichy: Prosecutor General's Office supports local and ministerial officials

2015 2015-04-03T16:34:06+0300 2015-04-03T16:34:06+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Yadviha Malashchanka and Alisa Filipchyk

Yadviha Malashchanka and Alisa Filipchyk

Parents of pupils of the former Belarusian-language form in Baranavichy, Tatsiana and Aleh Malashchanka and Antanina and Vasil Filipchyk received a letter from the Prosecutor General, signed by Head of the Department for Supervision of the rights and freedoms of citizens M. Papova.

There it is stated that the appeal of the parents regarding the education of children in the Belarusian language was considered, but gymnasium № 4 of Baranavichyhas no opportunity to teach the children in Belarusian.

“We believe that such opportunities exist and they are in sight, but
in reality we see that the Belarusian government is against the education of our children in their native language. Therefore, we have spent a year struggling with Baranavichy, Brest and Minsk officials for ensuring that our children continue to learn in Belarusian in the gymnasium № 4.

We had large hopes for the General Prosecutor's Office. However, instead of bringing to justice the perpetrators and making local, regional and ministerial officials comply with the law on languages, the General Prosecutor's Office forwarded our appeal to those who break the law and our rights.

From the present reply it follows that the General Prosecutor's Office does not see in the actions of public officials any violationsof the law on languages and the Constitution, and therefore supports the actions of local and ministerial officials, who do not want the opening of the Belarusian-language form in Baranavichy,” commented Tatsiana Malashchanka.

She noted that under
such circumstances she will have to apply to the Baranavichy City and District Court.


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