The authoritarian leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, introduced amendments to the statutes of the country’s armed forces, according to which servicemen are allowed to use “firearms, special equipment, combat and special equipment when performing tasks assigned to them” against citizens.
The use of weapons against citizens, according to the document, is allowed even if they commit administrative offenses.
In the amendments introduced by Lukashenko, it is also stated that a serviceman “is not responsible for damage” caused as a result of shooting when it “was carried out in accordance with the requirements of the general military statutes”.
Earlier, Lukashenko signed amendments to the law “On State Security Bodies”, according to which employees of the special services are allowed to use weapons against women, children and the disabled in “cases of armed resistance, armed or group attack or other actions threatening the life or health of people.”
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