BRUSSELS — The European Union on Thursday extended sanctions focusing on dozens of Belarus officers, together with President Alexander Lukashenko, for a yr over allegations of fraud within the nation’s presidential election final summer season and the crackdown on peaceable protesters that adopted.
The measures embrace an asset freeze and bans on travelling within the 27-nation EU for 88 individuals, together with politicians, state safety personnel and businesspeople, and asset freezes on seven organizations. EU residents and corporations are also forbidden from offering them with funds.
The sanction additionally apply to Lukashenko’s son Viktor, who acts as his father’s nationwide safety advisor, and are set to stay in power till a minimum of Feb. 28, 2022.
Protests rocked Belarus for months after official outcomes from the Aug. 9 presidential election gave Lukashenko a sixth time period in workplace by a landslide. The opposition and a few ballot staff have mentioned the election was rigged. The EU additionally rejected the outcomes.
Police arrested 1000’s of individuals throughout the anti-government protests.
At a gathering on Monday, EU overseas ministers mentioned they’d take into account including extra individuals to the listing given “the persevering with disrespect for elementary freedoms and human rights” in Belarus, in addition to the continuing repression of individuals by Belarusian authorities.
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