WASHINGTON, 25 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives adopted a resolution on Thursday that calls for the introduction of additional sanctions against the Belarusian authorities. The meeting was broadcast on the committee's Youtube channel.
The committee members unanimously voted in favor of a package of resolutions, which also included a document entitled “On support of the people of Belarus and their democratic aspirations and condemnation of electoral fraud and subsequent brutal suppression of peaceful protests by the illegal Lukashenka regime.”
The resolution, submitted to the committee on February 15, says that the House of Representatives does not consider the elections held in Belarus free and fair and does not recognize their results.
“The House of Representatives calls … for further targeted sanctions, coordinated by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and other allies and partners, against the Belarusian authorities who violated human rights and the representatives of the election commission involved in the actions that resulted in the falsification of results elections on August 9, 2020 “, – the text of the document says.
Another paragraph contains a call to consider the possibility of imposing sanctions against Belarusian state-owned companies that “directly violated the rights of their employees as a result of their participation or in connection with the current democratic movement in Belarus.”
In addition, the authors urge Minsk to release all the detainees, and the country's President Alexander Lukashenko to enter into “an open and constructive dialogue with members of the opposition.”
For final adoption, the resolution must be supported by the full composition of the House of Representatives, after which it will be sent to the Senate for consideration.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, which, among other things, were suppressed by the security forces using special equipment. Protest actions continue to this day, but they are local in nature, the number of their participants has significantly decreased. In Belarus, criminal cases have been initiated against a number of opposition leaders, including calls for the seizure of power, the creation of an extremist group, and a conspiracy to seize state power by unconstitutional means.