On 31 August, Belarusian border guards refused to allow the head of the Catholic Church of Belarus into the country. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz was returning from Poland, where he was on a business trip. The State Border Committee refusedto comment on the situation.
After spending a little more than three hours at the Kuznitsa Bialystokskaya-Bruzgi border crossing, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz returned to Poland.
He was denied entry to Belarus without explaination, the press secretary of the Belarusian Catholic Church, Father Yuri Sanko said. The diocesan car, in which the metropolitan was traveling, crossed the Belarusian border, the driver is going back to Minsk.
“We will apply for clarifications to the State Border Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and wait for the return of the head of the Catholic Church of Belarus to his homeland,” Yury Sanko said.
In the meantime, TUT.BY found out if there can be any legal grounds for not letting a Belarusian home.
Recall that Art. 30 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus reads: “Citizens of the Republic of Belarus have the right to move freely and choose their place of residence within the Republic of Belarus, to leave it and return without hindrance.”
In addition, the right to return to the country of citizenship is guaranteed by both the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Belarus.
Catholics urge to pray for Kondrusiewicz: “In difficult times for all of us, let us mobilize in prayer, as well as show solidarity and support each other in every situation, because we are one big family.”