8.6 C
New York
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Home World News Canada, U.K. impose sanctions on president of Belarus and 7 others

Canada, U.K. impose sanctions on president of Belarus and 7 others


Canada and the United Kingdom have imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, his son and six other senior government officials following the disputed presidential election and a crackdown on protesters in Belarus.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Tuesday that the sanctions were introduced as part of a co-ordinated approach with Canada “in a bid to uphold democratic values and put pressure on those responsible for repression.”

The measures include a travel ban and asset freeze on eight individuals from the Belarusian government, including Lukashenko, son Victor Lukashenko and Igor Sergeenko, the head of the presidential administration. Similar sanctions were imposed by Canada.

Earlier in September, François-Philippe Champagne, minister of foreign affairs, said, “Canada considers that Alexander Lukashenko lacks the legitimacy to be the leader of Belarus.”

Since the “fraudulent presidential elections” in August, Lukashenko “continues to display disdain for the people of Belarus by holding a so-called inauguration ceremony behind closed doors,” Champagne said in the statement.

“Such gestures only show Lukashenko’s disregard for basic democratic principles and the fundamental human rights of the people of Belarus,” he said.

The U.K. government said that Alexander Lukashenko is the first leader to have been sanctioned under its new global human rights sanctions regime, which was introduced in July.

The political opposition in Belarus has challenged the results of the country’s Aug. 9 presidential election, which gave Lukashenko a sixth term with 80 per cent of the vote. (Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images)

“Today, the U.K. and Canada have sent a clear message by imposing sanctions against Lukashenko’s violent and fraudulent regime. We don’t accept the results of this rigged election,” Raab said in a statement.

“We will hold those responsible for the thuggery deployed against the Belarusian people to account, and we will stand up for our values of democracy and human rights.”

The political opposition in Belarus has challenged the results of the country’s Aug. 9 presidential election, which gave Lukashenko a sixth term with 80 per cent of the vote. Protests demanding his resignation have continued for more than seven weeks. Opposition figures and some poll workers say the results were fraudulent.

During the first few days of demonstrations, police arrested more than 7,000 people and used violence on protesters. Since then, opposition activists have been jailed and threatened with prosecution.



Source link

Today news
Today News 1 runs four of the western GTA’s most influential media websites, offering news, food, lifestyle and entertainment coverage for millions to the Golden Horseshoe and GTA regions. The independently-run, online news source was founded in 2019 and specializes in everything from breaking news to food and restaurant, arts and entertainment and lifestyle coverage.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Health Canada cracks down on UV wands; Will cheap flights get Canadians flying?: CBC’s Marketplace cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need. Want this in your inbox?  Get the Marketplace newsletter...

Canada is slowly reopening, but is live theatre being left behind? 3 insiders weigh in

The reopening of Broadway is nigh, with a long list of shows — like Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked — and the...

How to cook the perfect cicada

Forget their looks. Ignore their beady little red eyes and set aside their glistening wings and jet-black shell. Just close your eyes and take...

How a worldwide subscription scam network was traced back to Montreal

A Montreal-based marketing firm is at the heart of a scheme involving a massive network of streaming websites that has scammed thousands of internet...

Recent Comments