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Belarus: The release of six political prisoners should not overshadow ongoing human rights violations

02.09.2015 Belarus: The release of six political prisoners should not overshadow ongoing human rights violations

Ahead of the revision of the restrictive measures against Belarus by EU members states, FIDH urge the European Union to assess the critical lack of effective reforms that would allow Belarusian citizens to exercise their civil, political and economic rights. The EU should also require full rehabilitation of all former political prisoners.

30.10.2013 EU publishes updated blacklist of Belarusian individuals, entities

The Council of the European Union has published the names of Belarusian citizens and economic entities whose names were included in the EU's blacklist and removed from it on October 29, BelaPAN said.

29.10.2013 EU to extend sanctions against Lukashenka regim

The statement was made by head of the EU delegation to Belarus Maira Mora.

NGOs urge EU to make its restrictive measures against Belarus effective

21.10.2013 NGOs urge EU to make its restrictive measures against Belarus effective

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together with a group of human rights NGOs from several European countries, sent a letter this week to the ministers of foreign affairs of EU member states urging the EU to extend and expand its targeted economic sanctions against Belarusian companies providing support to the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenka by exporting to and through the EU.

24.06.2013 EU suspends entry ban against Makey

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on Monday suspended the EU’s entry ban against Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “The Belarusian authorities have not demonstrated a positive trend in implementing the EU conditions”

23.05.2013 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “The Belarusian authorities have not demonstrated a positive trend in implementing the EU conditions”

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, does not share the optimism of the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Belarus Justas Paleckis, who argues that the human rights situation in the country has improved recently, said he in an interview to the Interfax-West news agency.

22.05.2013 European Parliament's rapporteur recommends suspension of travel bans against Belarusian officials

Minsk, 21 May. Justas Paleckis, the European Parliament's rapporteur on Belarus, has recommended the suspension of the visa ban against key Belarusian officials.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “Brussels has no illusions in its assessment of the regime”

16.04.2013 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “Brussels has no illusions in its assessment of the regime”

Such a conclusion was made by the deputy chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” as a result of his recent visit to the capital of the European Union to participate in a conference on the dialogue on the modernization of Belarus and have a number of meetings.

19.11.2012 ILO may call to sanctions against Lukashenka

The International Labour Organization (ILO) may respond to the crackdown on Belarusian trade unions.

06.11.2012 Syrian opposition calls on UK to sanction Lukashenka's regime for supporting Assad

Today, a London-based human rights organization 'Syrians in the UK' sent a letter to members of the British Parliament requesting to take action against Belarus and a possibility of 'Europe's last dictatorship' to grant asylum to Bashar al-Assad. 'Syrians in the UK' asked MPs to consider increasing sanctions against Belarus and warning UK and European companies against doing business with state-owned Belarus companies.

16.10.2012 EU Ministers Keep Sanctions On Belarus

European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg have resolved to keep sanctions in place against Belarus, but they are continuing to hold out the prospect of lifting sanctions if Minsk improves its human rights record.

24.07.2012 Uss was fined for "calls for sanctions"

For the calls for economic sanctions Dmitry Uss was fined for 2 million BYR.

"There is already a court’s decision - the bailiff won’t leave me alone", - commented former presidential candidate the notice from the court of Leninsky district of Minsk, received on July 24.

19.06.2012 EU may expand blacklist of Belarusians

The European Union may expand its list of Belarusians subject to the bloc’s visa ban and asset freeze, Gunnar Wiegand, a senior official in the European External Action Service (EEAS), told reporters in Brussels on Monday, according to the online newspaper EUobserver.

23.05.2012 Court upholds oil refinery worker`s suit against Ivashkevich

A judge of Minsk’s Savetski District Court upheld Tuesday a lawsuit filed by an employee of Mazyr Oil Refinery against opposition politician Viktar Ivashkevich for his campaign for the European Union’s ban on Belarusian petroleum products.

19.04.2012 Former presidential candidate Uss threatened with criminal prosecution for calls for EU sanctions

The Prosecutor General's Office has threatened Dzmitry Uss (Vus), an opposition candidate in Belarus' 2010 presidential election, with criminal prosecution if he continues to call on the European Union to impose economic sanctions against Belarus, BelaPAN said.

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