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The Red Cross expelled Lukashenko

The decision to suspend the membership of the Belarusian Red Cross in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has come into effect. However, it is important to note that the decision was made earlier, back in October. At that time, the Belarusian Red Cross was presented with an ultimatum or a proposed solution that could have prevented the suspension of its membership in the International Federation. No new decisions have been made; this is essentially the automatic implementation of what was previously approved by the International Federation.

The decision is a result of the consistent policy of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, an authoritative organization that upholds the principle of not compromising the reputation of the movement. Reputation is a crucial element of any organization's work, especially for influential international organizations like the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Therefore, actions that in any way tarnish the work of the entire international movement are strongly condemned. The IFRC has demonstrated its commitment to monitoring compliance with internally established rules by all organizations.

The Belarusian Red Cross Society, currently under the control and management of the Lukashenko regime, which violates the fundamental principle of independence, has encroached upon the core foundations and values of the international movement. Thus, the Federation's decision is significant—it showcases how an organization consistently follows its norms and principles.

However, we must remember that Mr. Dmitry Shevtsov openly expressed support for Russian aggression against Ukraine, visited the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk, admitted to supporting the illegal movement of Ukrainian children to Belarus, and endorsed the placement of nuclear weapons in Belarus. All of these statements and actions violate the main principles of the organization. Furthermore, the Lukashenko regime has once again demonstrated its disregard for international organizations, their principles, rules, and standards, particularly when it comes to the independence of activities within Belarus. The regime has clearly exhibited its influence, pressure, and the Belarusian Red Cross's affiliation with the regime in its actions.

The suspension means that the Belarusian Red Cross loses its rights as a member of the IFRC. Any new funding for the Belarusian Red Cross will also be halted. In fact, funding has already been suspended since October, and there will be no new contributions. Additionally, the Belarusian Red Cross will be unable to participate in the IFRC General Assembly, vote, or be elected in any statutory meetings. The IFRC strongly advises its members against entering into new partnership agreements with the Belarusian Red Cross, effectively depriving the BRC of its primary source of funding for its activities.

It is important to highlight that the IFRC statement emphasizes that if there is a need for humanitarian assistance to Belarus—should such a situation arise—the IFRC will prioritize the principle of providing humanitarian support.


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