Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

EU Diplomats Push For Sanctions Against Belarus Over Crackdow

Posted by Info on 10/01/2011

Germany, Poland, Sweden and the UK are saying: ‘Yes. We have tried hard to create a dialogue with Belarus. But now we have to react hard as well.

More than 600 people, including opposition leaders, were detained
in the Belarusian capital during a police crackdown on demonstrators after the December 19 presidential vote that the opposition said had been rigged.

The United States and the European Union have called on Belarusian authorities to immediately release opposition activists who were arrested during the protests.
The EU diplomats launched a procedure to reinstate a travel ban against the Belarusian leader and top government officials at a high-level meeting in Brussels.
Lukashenko, 56, who has ruled Belarus with an iron rod since 1994 and has been dubbed by the United States “Europe’s last dictator” for a clampdown on opposition and dissent, won 79.67% of the vote on December 19. International monitors said the election was “flawed.”

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