The European Council adopted Monday a decision and a regulation extending restrictive measures to more officials in view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus.
On 25 October 2010, the Council adopted Decision 2010/639/CFSP concerning restrictive measures (travel ban and assets freeze) against certain officials of Belarus. An additional 19 Belarus officials will be included in the lists of persons subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annexes IIIA and IV to Decision 2010/639/CFSP.
There are reports that Belarusian authorities are arbitrarily detaining and abusing hundreds of people following a rally protesting President Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s re-election on December 19, 2010, and have since carried out a campaign to stifle civil society and free expression across the country.
Human Rights Watch and more than one hundred human rights organizations and activists urged the United Nations Human Rights Council, currently in session in Geneva, to adopt a resolution condemning human rights violations perpetrated in the aftermath of the December 19 presidential election and establishing steps the Belarusian government should take to improve the situation.