The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has suspended membership in the organization of the Belarusian Red Cross.
The press release of the federation states that the decision was the result of non-fulfillment of the demand for the dismissal of Dmitry Shevtsov, general secretary of the Belarusian society.
The international federation noted that the management of the organization needed to remove Shevtsov from his position after the investigation of the charges against him. The accusations are related to the statements of the Belarusian official, including about nuclear weapons and the transfer of children to Belarus, as well as his visit to Luhansk and Donetsk.
NEXTA writes that Dmitry Shevtsov supported Russian aggression against Ukraine. The publication also notes that the pro-government organization controlled by the authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko will now lose its funding. In addition, representatives of the organization will not be able to participate in the General embly, vote and be elected to the bodies of the International Federation.
The Belarusian Red Cross can be restored to its rights as soon as the National Society fulfills the board’s decision, the international federation’s press release notes.
Shevtsov called the decision of the International Red Cross “absolutely politicized”, Meduza writes.
- As explained by the Belarusian Service of Radio Liberty, claims against Dmytro Shevtsov arose after he announced the transfer of Ukrainian children from territories occupied by Russia and the possibility of a nuclear attack on Western countries.
- On March 17, the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia, Maria Lvova-Belova, on charges of transporting Ukrainian children from the occupied territories. The Belarusian democratic forces demand from the court a similar warrant against Lukashenko, since Ukrainian children are being taken to Belarus as well. On September 13, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Ministry of Internal Affairs to consider such a possibility.
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