Minsk, 21 July 2022 (TDI): The Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, Yury Ambrazevich, met the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, on Wednesday.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) was on an official visit to Belarus from 16-20 July. The main agenda of his visit was to analyze the human rights situation of migrants and refugees in Belarus. His visit to Belarus was followed by his visit to Poland with the same agenda.

Meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister:

In the meeting, the Deputy Minister informed the Special Rapporteur of the high remarks the Belarusian migration system has been getting from the United Nations.

He explained that he was confident that the UNSR would study the Belarusian migration management system and its policies from a non-political approach.

Furthermore, he informed the Special Rapporteur about the approaches of Belarus to fulfill human rights obligations, especially the rights of migrants. Consequently, he explained that Belarus was trying to provide everyone on its territory with specific rights and guarantees.

Additionally, He said that Belarus is trying all in its capacity to protect and implement the rights of migrants.

The two also addressed the border situation between Belarus and Poland. In addition, they also discussed the importance of cooperation between the states.

Cooperation between states of origin, transit, and destination can help in the management of migrants and in combating illegal migration effectively.

The Special Rapporteur thanked the Deputy Foreign Minister for organizing his visit. He also provided his preliminary conclusions on the situation of migrants in Belarus to the concerned authorities.

Press Conference in Geneva

The Special Rapporteur will hold an online press conference from Geneva on 28 July. At the Conference, he will make his assessment and main findings of the visits to both states, Poland and Belarus.