EU Discuss Additional Sanctions Against Belarus After Sentencing Presidential Candidate
Posted by Info on 23/05/2011
The European Union’s Council of Foreign Ministers discuss additional sanctions against Belarus regarding the country’s human rights record, after a Belarusian court sentenced last week former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov to five years in prison for organizing riots following the elections in Minsk last December.
Additional sanctions may expand a list of Belarusian officials banned from traveling within the EU member states.
Sannikov, a former deputy foreign minister and leader of Belarus’ Christian Democratic Party, ran against “Europe’s last dictator,” Alexander Lukashenko, and was one of seven candidates detained after the December 19 polls, described by international observers as flawed.
The elections in Belarus saw incumbent President Lukashenko, who has ruled the country for more than 15 years, win a fourth term in office with almost 80 percent of the vote. More than 600 people were detained during large-scale protests that broke out in Minsk.