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EU reinforces restrictive measures concerning Belarus
The Council today reinforced the restrictive measures on those
responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the
political opposition and the independent media in Belarus.
The existing restrictive measures were prolonged until 31 October
2012: They subject 192 individuals to a visa ban and an assets
freeze, namely those responsible for the violations of international
electoral standards in the presidential elections in 2006 and
2010 as well as for the crackdown on civil society and democratic
opposition. In addition, the assets of three companies linked
to the regime are frozen while exports to Belarus of arms andmaterials
that might be used for internal repression are prohibited.
The Council today added 16 persons to the list of those targeted
by a visa ban and an assets freeze.
The decisions, including the list of additional designations,
will be published in the Official Journal of 11 October.
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