On Thursday, the Council of the European Union approved the imposition of sanctions against 38 individuals and three legal entities from Belarus in connection with the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.
This is stated in the report of the EU Council.
The sanctioned Belarusian citizens and companies are responsible for serious human rights violations and contribute to repressions against civil society and democratic forces in Belarus, Brussels explains.
The sanctions lists have been expanded to include, among others, employees of Belarusian penitentiary institutions involved in torture and ill-treatment of prisoners, propagandists, and judges involved in the persecution of the democratic opposition, activists, and journalists.
The blacklist also includes three Belarusian state-owned enterprises that have taken action against employees or dismissed them for participating in peaceful protests and strikes, and the Belarusian state petrochemical conglomerate Belneftekhim.
The EU's restrictive measures against Belarus now apply to 233 individuals and 37 legal entities. Their assets in the European Union are subject to freezing, and EU citizens and companies are prohibited from providing them with funds.
Author - Olena Madiak, 03/08/2023