The United States has imposed visa restrictions on 25 people for undermining democracy in Belarus, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. The U.S. decision has with the start in Minsk of the absentee trial of the leader of the Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Cichanouska and her associates.
On Tuesday Belarus she brought Swiatłana Cichanouska to court in absentia on charges of treason. The leader of the Belarusian opposition, who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, called the trial a “farce” and a revenge on the part of Alyaksandr Lukashenko.
These cases are not lawsuits. This is a show, a farce that has nothing to do with the judiciary – said Cichanouska. The oppositionist emphasized that court documents had not been made available to her, and the lawyer appointed ex officio did not answer her questions.
The US imposes visa restrictions on Belarusians
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced on Tuesday that United States imposed visa restrictions on 25 people for undermining democracy in Belarus. The sanctions were imposed on government officials, members of the Belarusian national assembly responsible for passing legislation approving the death penalty for persons convicted of terrorism. Blinken stressed that Belarus is using this accusation to repress the opposition.
“Some also supported other repressive laws stripping foreign nationals accused of ‘extremism’ of citizenship and provisions allowing property confiscation for ‘unfriendly actions towards Belarus’,” the secretary of state said in a statement.
We will not stand by while the regime continues to harass and repress peaceful protesters, democratic opposition, journalists, trade unionists, activists, defenders human rights and ordinary Belarusians – said Antony Blinken.
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