May 14, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 14, 2011, Belarus's Minsk City Court sentenced former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikay to a five-year maximum security prison sentence for organizing protests following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in December 2010. Both the US and the European Union (EU) ...[read more]
January 29, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On January 29, 2011, Belarus released seven people, including a presidential candidate, who were detained in December 2010 following protests over the country's presidential election. The releases were made amid speculation that the European Union (EU) would impose another travel ban on Belarusian ...[read more]
January 5, 2012
by Jerry Votava
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011, which will impose new sanctions on Belarus. The law labels President Alexander Lukashenko a dictator and states that he "established himself in power by orchestrating an illegal and unconstitutional ...[read more]
December 22, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011, imposing new sanctions on Belarus in reaction to what the bill's author calls "the worst political crackdown in Europe in well over a decade." If signed, the law would label President Alexander ...[read more]
September 21, 2011
by Julia Zebley
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday suggested a need for UN intervention in Belarus and demanded the nation free non-violent political prisoners. Although Belarus is an active member of the UN and has ratified many of its human rights policies, Pillay noted a sharp ...[read more]
May 20, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Belarus' Minsk City Court delivered suspended sentences on Friday to two former presidential candidates, Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu and Vital Rymasheuski, convicted of organizing protests following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in December. The two-year suspended sentences were handed ...[read more]
May 15, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Belarus's Minsk City Court on Saturday sentenced former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau to a five-year maximum security prison sentence for organizing protests following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in December 2010. Lukashenko reportedly won 80 percent of the vote, ...[read more]
December 21, 2010
by Ann Riley
Belarusian police arrested hundreds of demonstrators on Monday, including seven of the nine presidential candidates, who were protesting the results of Sunday's presidential election. The official results, announced Monday, declared incumbent Alexander Lukashenko the winner of the presidency for ...[read more]
October 13, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The European Union Monday temporarily suspended its travel ban on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and several other Belarussian officials following the first high-level talks between Belarus and the EU in four years. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg directed the ban be ...[read more]
August 17, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
Belarusian officials released opposition politician Alexander Kozulin from prison Saturday after two years' detention for staging political protests. Kozulin was sentenced to more than five years in prison in July 2006 for leading unauthorized protests over the controversial re-election of Belar... ...[read more]

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