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Belarus: EU adopts 5th package of sanctions over continued human rights abuses and the instrumentalisation of migrants


EU News 269/2021

The Council decided today to impose restrictive measures on an additional 17 individuals and 11 entities in view of the situation in Belarus.

Today’s decision targets prominent members of the judicial branch, including the Supreme Court, and the State Control Committee, as well as propaganda outlets, contributing to continuing repression of civil society, democratic opposition, independent media outlets and journalists.

The decision also targets high-ranking political officials of the Lukashenko regime, as well as companies (such as Belavia Airlines), tour operators and hotels that have helped incite and organise illegal border crossings through Belarus to the EU, and in this way participated in the instrumentalisation of migration for political purposes.

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