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Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens

Belarusian authorities must ensure the fundamental rights of citizens, said President Alexander Lukashenko swearing in the judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Viktor Ryabtsev February 2. The President handed him a certificate and a gift copy of the Constitution.

The ceremony was also attended by the chairmen of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, as well as the Supreme and Constitutional Courts. Alexander Lukashenko wished Viktor Ryabtsev success in his new responsible post.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I want to ask you, the leaders of the two branches of government - the legislative and the judiciary: please be a reliable guardian of compliance with the Basic Law of our country. Some often require that Belarus has an ombudsman who would monitor the observance of human rights. Though we don't have such a position, I always say: human rights - the right to a decent life, to work, education, health, information, media freedom, freedom of speech and so on - will be respected (and we need to see all human rights) if the President is the chief inspector of human rights. And you have to stand next to me. With the power of authorities we need to ensure respect for the fundamental rights of our citizens.

Viktor Ryabtsev is known as a professional in his field. He earlier worked in the courts of Minsk and the Minsk region, the Supreme Economic Court and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus.

Viktor Ryabtsev, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus:
The main problem is the protection of the constitutional order, about which the President said today once again. I am talking about the protection of the constitutional order and the protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens, the supremacy of the Constitution and its validity. This is the main purpose and task of the Constitutional Court.

Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens