Politics 10:47 16/09/2020 World

U.S. senators introduce resolution calling for sanctions over Belarus crackdown

A bipartisan group of 13 U.S. senators has introduced a resolution calling for targeted sanctions on Belarusian officials responsible for a crackdown on peaceful protesters in the country, RFE/RL reports.

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (Republican-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a news release on September 14 that the continued violence and repression against the opposition in Belarus is “unconscionable.”

The resolution declares the August 9 election that gave President Alyaksandr Lukashenka a sixth term in office “neither free nor fair” and declares the results announced by the Central Election Commission invalid.

It also demands the release of all political prisoners and those detained for peacefully protesting, including those arrested before the election.

The sanctions would be carried out in coordination with the European Union and other international partners, according to the resolution, which Risch described as a strong symbol of the United States’ support for the people of Belarus and their right to freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, free elections, and the rule of law.

Senator Bob Menendez (Democrat-New Jersey) said he is “in awe of the courage shown by the people of Belarus.” He also called on the international community to stand in full support of their aspirations for a free and democratic future.

“Mr. Lukashenka does not have a shred of legitimacy left and must step down,” said Menendez, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The U.S. and our partners in Europe must move with urgency to hold him and his henchman accountable for crimes against the people of Belarus. Further delay only welcomes deeper entrenchment by the regime.”

The resolution says more than 7,000 Belarusian citizens have been detained by government authorities, mostly for taking part in or observing peaceful protests, with many of these arrests followed by beatings and torture at the hands of Belarusian law enforcement.

It also says authorities in Belarus have consistently restricted press freedom as part of the crackdown, including the arrest of dozens of journalists, six of whom report for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

In addition, more than 50 news websites that were covering the protests have been blocked, two independent newspapers have been kept from publishing, and the accreditation of journalists working for foreign news outlets have been stripped.

The move came as Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the UN Human Rights Council and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to “promptly open inquiries” into the postelection crackdown in Belarus.

Security forces “arbitrarily detained thousands of people and systematically subjected hundreds to torture and other ill- treatment” in the days following the August 9 election, the New York-based human rights watchdog said in a statement on September 15.

HRW said it interviewed former detainees who described “beatings, prolonged stress positions, electric shocks, and in at least one case, rape. They had serious injuries, including broken bones, cracked teeth, skin wounds, electrical burns, and mild traumatic brain injuries. Some had kidney damage.”

“The sweeping brutality of the crackdown shows the lengths to which the Belarusian authorities will go to silence people, but tens of thousands of peaceful protesters continue to demand fair elections and justice for abuses,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at HRW.



Source Panorama.am
Share |

Related news

Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

09:05
Azerbaijani forces resume offensive, apply 'TOS' heavy rocket launcher systems - Armenian MoD
"Throughout night fights continued with various intensity," Armenia's Defense Ministry reported. According to it, early in the...
09:00
US State Department: External parties would only exacerbate regional tensions
"The United States is alarmed by reports of large scale military action along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone...
08:52
Razminfo: BMP-2s captured by the Armenian side belonged to the 2nd Army Corps of the Azerbaijani army
Armenian Unified Infocenter reported on Sunday that as a result of the counterattack of the Defense Army 11 units of armor of the adversary had...
23:49
Pashinyan, Macron discuss Karabakh hostilities over the phone
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron, the press service at the Prime...
23:44
The losses of the Azerbaijani army as of 22.00
The Artsakh information Center has released updated data about the losses of the Azerbaijani army during the border clashes in Karabakh....
22:32
Zarif offers help to end Nagorno-Karabakh violence
"Iran is closely monitoring the alarming violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. We call for an immediate end to hostilities and urge dialogue to...
22:20
Defense Ministry denies Azerbaijani reports about controlling Vardenis-Martakert highway
The statement, released by the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan, alleging the Azerbaijani army has established a control over Vardenis-Martakert...
22:00
200 Azeri troops killed in Karabakh clashes, Artsrun Hovhannisyan says
"According to verified information, the adversary has suffered 200 losses in manpower, 30 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles as well as...
21:42
OIF Secretary-General Louise Mushikiwabo extends unequivocal support to Armenia
The Secretary-General of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) Louise Mushikiwabo has extended her unequivocal support to...
21:09
Armenia has lodged a request with the ECHR to apply interim measure against Azerbaijan
Armenia has lodged a request with the ECHR to apply interim measure against Azerbaijan under Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court, the Office of...
20:56
Adam Schiff: U.S. must urgently work with other Minsk Group members to restore peace in Artsakh
Congressman Adam Schiff urges the U.S. to immediately work with other members of the OSCE Minsk Group to restore peace in Artsakh....
20:36
Pashinyan, Putin hold phone call
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the PM’s office...
20:25
Dutch, Italian Foreign Ministries call for immediate end to hostilities in Karabakh
Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Stef Blok took to Twitter on Sunday to call for an immediate end to the military hostilities in...
20:10
Video shows Artsakh army downing Azerbaijani drone over Stepanakert
The Artsakh Defense Ministry shared a video on its official YouTube channel showing the Artsakh troops shooting down an Azerbaijani UAV over...
19:50
NATO urges NK conflict sides to 'immediately cease hostilities'
NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, on Sunday issued a statement...
19:22
16 soldiers killed, over 100 wounded in Artsakh amid fresh Azerbaijani attack – initial data
According to preliminary data, 16 servicemen of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Defense Army have been killed in the fresh Azerbaijani attack on...
18:49
ICRC concerned about ‘humanitarian impact’ of conflict escalation along Artsakh-Azerbaijan contact line
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is concerned about the humanitarian impact of the conflict escalation along the line of...
18:28
We should consider ourselves as soldiers of the Defense Army - Robert Kocharyan
Armenia's second President Robert Kocharyan has commented on the military actions against Artsakh unleashed by Azerbaijan. ...
18:24
Levon Aronian: ‘We will win this time too, I know It’
Chess grandmaster Levon Aronian believes the Armenian side will win this time too as Azerbaijan launched cross-border artillery attack on...
17:47
Nikol Pashinyan addressed the nation amid the Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh
"Since early morning, the Republic of Artsakh has been subjected to aggression of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. Artsakh civilian...
17:07
Martial law and military mobilization declared in Armenia
Martial law and military mobilization is declared across Armenia  as the fights continue along the entire Artsakh contact line. At...
16:44
Artur Vanetsyan set to mobilize supporters and head to the frontline
The Leader of 'Homeland' party Artur Vanetsyan plans to mobilize a group of supporters and head to the frontline amid the fresh...
16:42
We have an unalienable right to live in our homeland without an existential threat - Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Armenian national team captain and AS Roma midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan wrote on Facebook: "I woke up this morning learning about the...
16:15
The European Union calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh
"The European Union calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, de-escalation and for strict observance of the ceasefire," High...
15:45
Parliament speaker: Azerbaijan's large-scale offensive against Artsakh a ‘cruel crime’
The National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) strongly condemns the act of aggression committed by Azerbaijan against the...
15:42
Artsakh Defense Ministry denies Azerbaijani reports about 'capturing six settlements'
"The statement issued by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan that the Azerbaijani army allegedly occupied 6 settlements is not consistent...
15:26
Azerbaijan has launched an attack on Artsakh: Politicians and media around the world react to military clashes in Karabakh
The Azerbaijani fresh aggression against Artsakh is in the spotlight of politicians, public figures and media around the world. Note, in the...
15:17
Ombudsman’s Office in Artsakh launched a fact-finding mission
The Office of the Human Rights Defender of Artsakh launched a fact-finding mission following a wholescale attack by the Azerbaijani armed forces...
15:07
Official: Ten Armenian servicemen killed in fresh Azerbaijani attack on Artsakh
Ten servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces were killed as a result of the masive cross-border artillery attack launched by Azerbaijan on...
14:49
OSCE Minsk Group mediators strongly condemn use of force in Karabakh conflict zone, regret 'senseless loss of life’
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}