Council of the European Union strengthens sanctions against Belarusian state representatives

December 16, 2011 – The Council of the European Union has extended sanctions in response to crackdown on opposition and civil society. The EU Council press service made a following statement:

In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, the Council today reinforced the EU’s restrictive measures on those responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media in Belarus.

The Council added two persons involved in the trial of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a ban from entering the EU.

This brings the number of persons targeted to 210. At the same time, the assets of three entities linked to the regime remain frozen while exports to Belarus of arms and materials that might be used for internal repression are prohibited.

Names of these two persons are following :

– Saikouski Uladzimir, Public Prosecutor of the Pervo­maiski District Court of Minsk

– Bandarenka Siarhei, Judge of the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk

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