Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Poland Imposes Entry Ban On Lukashenko

Posted by Info on 18/01/2011

Poland has imposed an entry ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and several state officials following a post-election crackdown on the opposition in Minsk.
Along with Alexander Lukashenko, the list contains the names of the Belarusian judges, prosecutors, and state service heads responsible for persecution of opposition activists.

CZECH Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg is against severance of all relations with Belarus, but he would support sanctions against the country´s political representatives, such as restricting their opportunities to travel abroad. He is in favour of continued support to the development of civic society in Belarus.

The prepared new concept of Czech diplomacy places emphasis on human rights and democracy in the world. Representatives of the Belarussian democratic opposition called on the European Union in Prague last week to introduce sanctions against the regime of Alexandr Lukashenko.

More than 600 people, including presidential candidates, were detained
in the Belarusian capital during a police clampdown on demonstrators after the December 19 presidential elections. International monitors called the polls “flawed.” Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron rod since 1994 and has been dubbed by the United States “Europe’s last dictator,” gained a landslide victory in the polls with 79.67 % of the vote.


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