The United States and its allies accuse Belarusian government officials and others of providing human rights abuses and official support to “immigrant smugglers.” As part of its fifth embargo against the Lukashenko regime, the EU has added 11 companies and 17 individuals to its embargo list, according to the EU Council website.
The sanctions affect senior Belarusian security and judicial officials, key media figures, as well as Lukashenko’s son and other companies, including weapons and Belavia Airlines, travel agencies and hotels. Victims are barred from entering EU territory and their assets are frozen. Trading with them is also prohibited. According to the AFP, the US Treasury Department has also banned US companies from trading in Belarusian government bonds.
Responding to ongoing human rights violations
The United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union have said in a statement that the recent sanctions are a reflection of “continued violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus, disregard for international law and repeated repression.” The statement called on the Lukashenko government to “immediately suspend all illegal immigration to Belarus’ borders with the European Union.”
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