After Belarus protesters’ claims of human rights abuses and unfair elections were verified as true, the EU approved sanctions against Pres. Lukashenko, et.al.
An independent investigation conducted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe had proven true, claims of human rights abuses and unfair election proceedings being protested by the citizens of Belarus against Belarus president Lukashenko. Based on the results of investigations, the organization recommended that another Belarus national election be held but to be conducted in accordance with international election standards and not on Lukashenko’s terms. .
In order to force the Belarus president to agree to the recommendation, the European Union Commission gave its stamp of approval in imposing strict sanctions on President Lukashenko and his son, as well as on 14 other government officials.
Amidst protests that the Belarusian president suppressed voters’ democratic rights, President Lukashenko announced his triumph. His declaration of being re-elected to the presidency led thousands to march in protest citing unfair election processes. According to the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, around 300 protesters have been ordered arrested last week in order quelch the protest movements. .
The European Union Disregards Lukashenko as the Country’s President
With the European Union giving weight to the results of the investigations, the EU Commission said the body is disregarding the results of the presidential election held last August 9. As sanctions, the EU Commission has frozen the assets of the Belarus President and all others involved in enabling Lukashenko and his son. Moreover, the sanctioned Lukashenko and other officials are banned from entering other EU countries.
The Belarus officials who have been sanctioned include the country’s chief of staff, the president’s press officer, Belarus’ head of KGB and the country’s national security adviser to Lukashenko, who happens to be his son.
As it is, Lukashenko and the others are now included in the European Union’s roster of blacklisted individuals ascertained to have abused the rights of its EU citizens, as well as have been charged with fraud. .