The document posted on the Congress website allows for a new stage of economic sanctions against the illegitimate leadership of the Republic of Belarus. According to its text, the White House administration assures about the support of the people of Belarus and condemns repression against the participants of peaceful protests, and the presidential elections held in August were called rigged. Also, the authors of the resolution called for the introduction of new sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
The House of Representatives does not consider the presidential elections held on August 9, 2020 in Belarus free and fair and does not recognize Lukashenko as the country’s legitimate president:
«After the presidential elections, Belarusians demonstrated their strong desire and commitment to a democratic future by going out to peaceful protests in Minsk and across the country. The Belarusian civil society called for the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko, the peaceful transfer of power and the organization of new, free and fair elections»
The document also says that over the past several months, tens of thousands of citizens, including journalists and opposition representatives, have been arbitrarily detained, and human rights activists have documented hundreds of cases of violence against detained participants in peaceful protests.
In addition, the resolution calls for the immediate release of all those detained for participating in peaceful protests, as well as for the imposing sanctions against the Belarusian authorities for human rights violations and electoral fraud. These measures must be agreed by the US, EU, UK, Canada, and other partners.
The death of Roman Bondarenko became the fourth in the course of three-month protests in the country
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The US Embassy condemned the verdict against the journalists of the Belsat TV channel Katerina Andreeva and Darya Chultsova. The corresponding statement was published on the official website of the diplomatic mission.
Its authors call the court’s decision politically motivated and blatant, and the accusations far-fetched:
«This court decision is yet another evidence that the authorities are not trying to establish justice but are trying to silence the media and thereby restrict the access of Belarusians to information to achieve their political goals»