ISSN 2330-717X

EU Widens Scope Of Belarus Sanctions


(RFE/RL) — The European Union’s foreign ministers today agreed to widen the scope of the 27-member bloc’s sanction regime against Belarus.

The move allows Brussels to freeze assets and impose visa bans on individuals who are responsible for serious human rights violations.

It also includes those guilty of repression against the country’s civil society and political opposition, and those who benefit from or support President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime financially.

The EU has already put more than 200 individuals, as well as three companies, on its sanctions list due to their involvement in the crackdown that followed the flawed presidential election in December 2010.

No new names have been added under the new criteria but a “substantial” number can be added in the coming weeks and months.

Click here to have Eurasia Review's newsletter delivered via RSS, as an email newsletter, via mobile or on your personal news page.


RFE/RL journalists report the news in 21 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.