The document contains a call to increase pressure on the Belarusian authorities in connection with human rights violations and deaths during protests.
The European Parliament on Thursday, November 26, adopted a draft resolution on human rights violations in Belarus, in particular, the murder of Roman Bondarenko and other activists.
613 MEPs voted for the resolution, 41 were against and 35 abstained.
The document contains a demand for a quick, thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into the death of Roman Bondarenko, as well as the deaths of Alexander Taraikovsky, Alexander Vikhr, Artem Parukov, Gennady Shutov, and Konstantin Shishmakov related to the protests.
In addition, the MEPs called on the EU to support the international investigation of the crimes committed by the Lukashenko regime against the people of Belarus.
The resolution also supports the Rada’s decision to work on the third package of sanctions aimed at firms and oligarchs with ties to Lukashenko in light of the fact that the actions taken by the EU and its member states are still insignificant, and also calls for an expansion of the EU sanctions list …
The document also calls for a complete freeze on EU funds transfers to the Belarusian government and state-controlled projects, including loans from the European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and others.
Earlier, European Commissioner Janez Lenarcic called the level of repression against the citizens of Belarus unprecedented and promised that the EU would not leave this unpunished.
Let us remind you that on October 2, the EU introduced the first sanctions against Belarus. Then, about 40 representatives of the republic’s leadership were included in the list of restrictive measures, but Lukashenko was not among them. The sanctions against him were introduced in the second package — on November 6.
In turn, Lukashenko said that he “does not care” about the EU sanctions. And on November 17 it became known that Belarus has expanded retaliatory sanctions against the EU and Canada.