“Belarusian Declaration on Protection of Human Right to Life”
Thursday, 13 March 2014 20:19
On March 13, Minsk hosted the conference “The role of traditional religions in problems of protecting the life and of demographic security in Belarus”. The result of the conference is the signed “Belarusian Declaration on Protection of Human Right to Life”.
The chief organizers of the conference were Belarusian Orthodox Church and Minsk-Mogilyov Rome Catholic Archdiocese”.
of different religious confessions, as well as numerous experts
presented their reports on the topic. The executive bishop Yuryi
Kasabutski addressed the participants with the welcome letter from
Monsignor Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.
This letter touched people and
all of them underlined the cordial appeal of the Monsignor expressed in
words: “Belarus, if you want to be great, protect life!”, rephrased from
the words of Blessed John Paul II.
“Catholic Church, as well as
Orthodox Church and other confessions, is strong in the believe that we
should protect Lord’s gift of life. Blessed John Paul II in His
Encyclical “Gospel of Life” teaches us that the first right of a human
is the right to live from the moment of conception to natural death
(par. EV 2). This right presupposes the following of all other rights of
people and means that all kinds of abortion are illegal (par. EV
7-28)”, - underlined the address of the Monsignor.
The head of
non-governmental initiative “ProLife Belarus” Tacciana Tarasevich, the
director of Charity fund on protecting life and family “Open hearts”
Uladzislau Valakhovich presented sophisticated reports that provided the
deep analysis of the problem of abortion in Belarus and other
Also, the head of post-graduate education department,
lector of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Barysau State Medical College
Svyatlana Mazgunova made her speech. In her report Ms. Svyatlana
underlined that there is the need to change the system of lecturing in
medical education institutes, starting with the entire changes in
terminology, like e.g. eliminating the term “the product of conception”,
and further changing the course programs that nowadays consist of the
separate topic “Abortion”.
There were also presented other
sophisticated and well-grounded reports by Senior Research Associate at
Institute of law researches at National Center of Legislation and Law
Researches Alyona Perapyalitsa; representative of Evangelic-Lutheran
community pastor Uladzimir Tatarnikau; fr. Prelat Andrey Stetskevich;
bishop’s vicar of Minsk-Mogilyov archdiocese; representatives of
Orthodox Church: bishop of Barysau, vicar of Minsk eparchy Veniyamin,
fr. Syargey Gardun, fr. Syargey Lepin; representative of Islamic
religious community Abu-Bekir Shabanovich; representative of the Union
of Hebrew religious communities rabbi Shneor Daych and others.
final conclusion of the conference was the signed Declaration and
confirmation of the further cooperation program on social and
Additional proposal was to establish the
initiative group with special aims to coordinate the cooperation steps
and decisions on life protection issue.
The Declaration is open onweb-platform of «Пралайф Беларусь».
Updated Saturday, 22 March 2014 13:15