EU reinforces restrictive measures concerning Belarus

The Council reinforced the restrictive measures on those responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media in Belarus.

The existing restrictive measures were prolonged until 31 October 2012. They subject 192 individuals to a visa ban and an assets freeze, namely those responsible for the violations of international electoral standards in the presidential elections in 2006 and 2010 as well as for the crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition. In addition, the assets of three companies linked to the regime are frozen while exports to Belarus of arms and materials that might be used for internal repression are prohibited.

On October 10, the Council added 16 persons to the list of those targeted by a visa ban and an assets freeze. 4 of them are directly involved in Ales Bialiatski’s case :

 – Paluyan Uladzimir Mikalayevich, Minister of Taxes and Duties. Supervises tax authorities that support the criminal case against Bialiatski using the pretext of tax evasion. Bialiatski was active in defending and providing assistance to those who suffered from repression in relation with the 19 December 2010 elections and the crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition.

- Kornau Uladzimir Uladzimiravich, Judge at the City Court of Minsk who authorised the rejection of Bialiatski’s lawyers’s appeal.

- Shastakou Maksim Aleksandrauvich, Prosecutor who presented the case against Biaalaatski in the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk after Bialiatski’s application to the court regarding his detention.

- Herasimovich Volha Ivanavna, Prosecutor who presented the case against Bialiatski in the City Court of Minsk after Bialiatski’s application to the court regarding his detention.

EN L 265/22 Official Journal of the European Union 11.10.2011

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