İrem UZUN -TDO- Britain and Canada have announced sanctions on senior Belarusian figures including President Alexander Lukashenko following last month's election and the subsequent crackdown on protesters. Seven other officials including the country’s interior minister, the public security police chief and Lukashenko’s son Victor - national security adviser, are covered by the sanctions, which include an asset freeze and travel ban.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the sanctions were introduced in coordination with Canada "in a bid to uphold democratic values and put pressure on those responsible for repression”. Raab added that the travel ban and asset freeze sent a "clear message" to Lukashenko's "violent and fraudulent regime" that "we don't accept the results of this rigged election." "We will hold those responsible for the thuggery deployed against the Belarusian people to account and we will stand up for our values of democracy and human rights," said Raab.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Canada and the U.K. acted in concert to ensure the sanctions have a greater impact and “to demonstrate unity in our condemnation of the situation.” “Canada stands in solidarity with the people of Belarus as they struggle to restore human rights and achieve democracy in their country,” Champagne said.