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Chief Named For New Belarusian Human Rights Office

Uladzimer Makey
The chief of the Presidential Office of Belarus, Uladzimer Makey, has been named to run the country's Consultative Council for Human Rights, which was established earlier this week, RFE/RL's Belarusian Service reports.

The presidential press service told journalists that the council, under Makey's leadership, will work to deepen Belarus's involvement in international processes and bodies dealing with human rights.

The council's staff includes representatives of various political parties and nongovernmental organizations.

The chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's office in Minsk, Hans-Jochen Schmidt, told journalists that the OSCE supports the Belarusian authorities' decision to create the human rights council.