President will write to UN HR Council on Belarus - top aide

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President Andrzej Duda will write to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) members with an appeal for them not to show indifference towards the developments in Belarus, Duda aide Krzysztof Szczerski informed on Wednesday. Szczerski said the letter will be sent on Wednesday.

"Today the president will undertake a very important initiative. The president has directed a letter to all the UNHCR member states. Poland is a member state of the UNHCR. Today, the president wrote a special letter to all the 47 countries worldwide that are members of the council with an appeal for them not to remain indifferent to the situation in Belarus," Szczerski told the public TVP Info news channel.

Szczerski said the initiative was dictated by "concern for human rights and civil freedoms in Belarus," and Poland's moral duty towards the country. He added that Duda's letter was intended to "awaken the world" in light of its small interest in the Belarusian events.

The Geneva-seated UNHRC was established by the UN General Assembly on March 15 2006 in place of the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). The UNHRC cooperates closely with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).