European Parliament — for targeted economic sanctions against Lukashenko

May 12 in Strasbourg, MEPs discussed the situation with human rights in Belarus. Adopted a resolution that calls on the European Union to extend sanctions against the Lukashenko regime, including the introduction of targeted economic sanctions.

The preamble of the resolution states a fact that elections Belarus ended with the arrest of seven presidential candidates and about 600 people are referred to had already been sentenced to activists campaign headquarters of Democratic candidates and exhibition space, including the names of the first convicts (Alexander Otroshchenkov, Nikita Lihavida, Basil Parfiankou, Eduard Lobau, etc.).

The text deplores the persecution of political opponents in the country and the climate of fear, lack of respect for basic human rights and freedoms. The resolution also describes the case of the riots as politically motivated and questionable, noting that in their investigation lacked objectivity. The charges against former presidential candidates resolution describes as illegal and unacceptable.

European Parliament resolution contains an appeal to the European Commission, the European Council, the High Commissioner and the partnership EU countries with a call to expand the sanctions against the Belarusian regime, including impose targeted economic sanctions.

The resolution calls on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release the arrested parties post-election protests and relieve them of all charges. The document's authors also call upon the Belarusian authorities to stop the process of closing down independent newspapers "Nasha Niva"And" Narodnaya Volya ", release from detention of journalist Andrzej Poczobut.

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