UK getting ready human rights sanctions in opposition to Belarus

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The United Kingdom stated it’s getting ready sanctions in opposition to these liable for human rights abuses in Belarus.

“We are willing to join the EU in adopting targeted sanctions against those responsible for the violence, the repression and the vote-rigging, although the EU process has now been delayed in Brussels. Given that delay, we’re coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency”, international secretary Dominic Raab stated on Thursday.

Belarus has been rocked by six weeks of protests after president Alexander Lukashenko, who has led the nation since 1994, gained a landslide victory within the August 9 election. The vote was denounced by EU and US officers, and compelled Lukashenko to look to Moscow for assist.

The opposition says that Lukashenko’s predominant challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, was the rightful winner and needs new elections. Tikhanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania after the vote, gained solely about 10% to Lukashenko’s 80%, in accordance with the election committee.

“We will apply all the tools at our disposal to hold Lukashenko and his regime to account”, Raab stated.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania already blacklisted Lukashenko and 29 different high-ranking officers for alleged election fraud and a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Ukraine and Serbia have additionally joined the rising variety of nations which have condemned the elections as not free or honest.