Violence in Belarus: EU foreign Ministers agree on sanctions

The EU because of the police violence in Belarus, the introduction of new sanctions against supporters of President Aleksandr Lukashenka on the way. In addition

Violence in Belarus: EU foreign Ministers agree on sanctions

The EU because of the police violence in Belarus, the introduction of new sanctions against supporters of President Aleksandr Lukashenka on the way. In addition, there should be punitive measures against people who are for falsification of the presidential election, as the German press Agency learned on Friday after a meeting of EU foreign Ministers to diplomats. The EU high representative for foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, will now prepare a list of them, it said.

they wanted To increase the European Union's pressure on Belarus, had declared the Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas has already started deliberations. It is to sanction all individual persons, which are entered into the last days and weeks in the case of electoral fraud, but also in the violence against protesters ingloriously in appearance.

Whether Lukashenka personally have to reckon with sanctions, remained open in the first place. The decision on the affected persons will meet with the Council, said Maas. The people should be able to be placed "proven misconduct to be a burden". It is important that there be a dialogue, the outcome of the election will be reviewed, and all detainees are free again come.

On Friday afternoon, two members of the European Parliament denied Belarus entry. One of them, the Chairman of the Belarus Delegation of the Parliament, Robert Biedron, was his social-democratic group, announced on Friday evening. The poles had been told late in the afternoon on arrival at the Minsk airport that his Name stand on a list of the Ministry of the interior and it'll go back in for him on the next flight. More detailed reasons have not been called. The second Deputy was, according to Petras Auštrevičius of the liberals Renew Europe. The Lithuanians have not allowed to take his flight to Minsk in the first place. "The Actions of the Belarusian government to prevent independent observers and a free media to get to Know about the Situation in the country
first-Hand," said Biedron, according to the communication, before his return flight.

election manipulation and violence

Lukashenka and his supporters will be accused by the EU to have manipulated the election last Sunday, in his favor, and the Assembly, the media and limit freedom of expression. He should have won according to official figures, the vote with more than 80 percent of the vote. The opposition Svetlana Tichanowskaja takes but a victory to claim. In the case of protests in the past few days, around 7000 arrests, the security forces acted brutally against protesters. Despite the release of more than 2000 prisoners, the protests against violence and police brutality from a wide range on Friday once again.

The EU had the least learning in February 2016, despite the criticism of human rights numerous sanctions against the regime of Lukashenka will expire. Only an existing arms embargo and punitive measures against four Belarusians who should be involved in the Disappearance of opponents of the Regime, were last maintained.

Updated Date: 14 August 2020, 18:19

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