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UK imposes further sanctions on Belarus

Written by The Frontier Post

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LONDON: The UK, USA, EU and Canada have issued a joint statement on today’s coordinated sanctions in response to continuing atta-cks on human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus.
“Today, in response to the continuing attacks on human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus, disregard for international norms and repeated acts of repression, we have again taken coordinated sanctions action against certain individuals and entities.”
“We remain committed to supporting the democratic aspirations of the people of Belarus and stand together to impose costs on the regime – and those who support it – for its efforts to silence the voices of independent civil society, media, and all Belarusians seeking to speak the truth about what is happening in their country.”
“We again demand that the Lukashenka regime immediately and completely halt its orchestrating of irregular migration across its borders with the EU. Those, in Belarus or in third countries, who facilitate illegal crossing of the EU’s external borders should know this comes at a substantial cost.”
“We call for the regime to unconditionally and without delay release its almost 900 political prisoners, end its campaign of repression, and implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the OSCE Vienna Mechanism. The regime should promptly enter into comprehensive and genuine political dialogue with representatives of the democratic opposition and civil society, facilitated by the OSCE, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation.”
Under this latest tranche, the UK has imposed an asset freeze on one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of potassium chloride (potash) fertilisers – a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenko regime.
We have also imposed asset freezes and travel bans on five propagandists who played a key part in the spread of disinformation in Belarus, a senior Belarusian official responsible for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in the country, as well as on a judge and assistant prosecutor who are responsible for numerous politically-motivated r-ulings against journalists, activists and protestors – including two BelSat journalists who were imprisoned in 2020 for live strea-ming peaceful protests.
These measures represent a significant additional step in bringing pressure to bear on the Lukashenko regime.
They are carefully targeted to build pressure on Lukashenko, state institutions and those around him to change behaviour, while minimising, as far as possible, any unintended consequences on the wider population in Belarus.
The latest round of designations, which have been imposed alongside the US, Canada and EU, demonstrate that the UK is prepared to stand up for freedom and democracy, and act robustly, decisively and relentlessly to take on malign actors wherever they are in the world.
EU imposed sanctions: The Council decided today to impose restrictive measures on an additional 17 individuals and 11 entities in view of the situation in Belarus.
Today’s decision targets prominent members of the judicial branch, including the Supreme Court, and the State Control Committee, as well as propaganda outlets, contributing to continuing repression of civil society, democratic opposition, independent media outlets and journalists.
The decision also targets high-ranking political officials of the Lukashenko regime, as well as companies (such as Belavia Airlines), tour operators and hotels that have helped incite and organise illegal border crossings through Belarus to the EU, and in this way participated in the instrumentalisation of migration for political purposes.
Altogether, EU restrictive measures on Belarus now apply to a total of 183 individuals and 26 entities.
Those designated are subject to an asset freeze and EU citizens and companies are forbidden from making funds available to them. Natural persons are additionally subject to a travel ban, which prevents them from entering or transiting through EU territories.

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