Belarusian officials will be sanctioned, owing to the use of dubious ways of conducting elections and harassing post-election demonstrators. The European Union foreign ministers backed by Germany have now decided to impose sanctions on the ex-Soviet state.
This was shared in an official statement made by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas via a video interview in which he has stated that the target and scope of the sanctions are yet to be chalked out, but will be announced soon.
The foreign policy unit intends to draw out a list of names of the officials implicated in the crime against demonstrators. The decision has been substantiated by Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde who announced via Twitter that ‘the EU would now initiate a process of sanctions against those responsible for the violence, arrests, and fraud in connection with the election.’
The bloc of 27 nations was also forced to reconsider the restrictions that were lifted off Belarus in 2016. The sanctions had then been imposed as the bloc saw rampant deterioration in the rule of law, rampant growth in arms companies that lead to a subsequent freeze on assets and implemented travel bans. But these bans were lifted seeing improvement in the general administration of Belarus in 2016.
The dictator kind of leadership of strongman Alexander Lukashenko got legitimized once again last week, post-elections in Belarus; but this was met with severe resentment and mass protest by Belarusians. The cry of democracy was met with police brutality, imprisonment, and basic human rights being denied.
At the moment Austria, Sweden, and Germany are in favor of a more robust sanctions package. However, Hungary is too sure of its stand over a strict sanction. The Czech Republic, Denmark, and the Baltic states have also called for a mediation between Lukashenko and the opposition. Lithuania has offered to provide medical help to the victims of the crackdown, which is believed to have left hundreds injured.
Additionally, Maas has suggested that violation of human rights is intolerable and sanctions against those behind this kind of crime against humanity need to be thought out carefully, in a way it can set precedence.
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