The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced in a special statement that On December 1, the Belarusian Red Cross Society was suspended from the organization.
The decision is the result of the activity Dmitry Shevtsov, Secretary General of the Belarusian International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies teamWhich – contrary to the official position of the regulatory authorities – He was not deprived of his job.
Shevtsov filed for dismissal at the beginning of October Board of Directors of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – The Belarusian side had enough time to take appropriate steps Until November 30th.
Belarus is excluded from the International Red Cross
The head of the Belarusian Red Cross is under investigation in connection with this The Secretary’s visit to occupied Luhansk and Donetsk And suspicion of his participation Deportation of Ukrainian children to BelarusAnd also his statements regarding Russian nuclear weapons deployment On the territory of his country.
Earlier, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent imposed a penalty on Shevtsov “Violation of the neutrality and honesty policy.”
“The comment means that the Belarusian Red Cross Loses the rights of a member of the International Federation. They will also be suspended Any money transfers. Moreover, the Belarusian Red Cross He will not be able to attend the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesNeither vote nor run for membership in the legal bodies of the International Federation.”
“The International Federation cannot accept any politicization or manipulation.”
Belarusian Red Cross can be restoredWhen it adheres to the decisions of the Board of Directors in accordance with the recommendation of the Compliance and Mediation Committee. “Honesty and adherence to our basic principles maybe Crucial meaning “Who we are and what we do,” the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.
“Neutrality is key In any context, especially during international armed conflict: The International Federation cannot accept any politicization or manipulation Its humanitarian activities. Every National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society must follow the basic principles Stay away from any political activities. This determines the life or death of many people,” stressed the statement of October 4 when Belarus was warned of exclusion.
Dmitry Shevtsov: This is a completely politicized decision
He himself commented on the decision of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Dmitry Shevtsov. He also explained the situation around the Belarusian Red Cross It began to worsen after his visit to Donbass. – I was there to prove that children are undergoing rehabilitation in Belarus They return home safely – said in an interview with the producer agency BelTA A propaganda line for Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
– The decision of the International Federation of the Red Cross to suspend our membership It’s completely politicized. Shevtsov continued: “Our explanations were not even taken into account, indicating that the recommendations were not implemented.”
The text of the International Federation’s statement has been published In English, Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian. According to Shevtsov, the inclusion of the Ukrainian language is important “I hope Kiev and the Belarusian opposition also cried out”In which Shevtsov participated Deportation of children from Donbass
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