US imposes new sanctions on Belarus over migrant crisis, ongoing human rights abuses

The Treasury Department on Thursday introduced it’s “designating 20 individuals and 12 entities and identifying three aircraft as blocked property” and imposing restrictions on dealings with Belarus’ sovereign debt.

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Among these sanctioned are Belarus’s state-owned tourism firm, its state-owned cargo service, and 5 entities linked to its protection sector.

The US additionally sanctioned Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko’s center son Dzmitry Lukashenko and the Republican State-Public Association Presidential Sports Club, which he leads, in addition to Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Dmitriy Mikhaylovich Korzyuk and Dzmitriy Yurievich Baskau, a member of the manager committee of the Belarus National Olympic Committee.

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“These actions reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to impose costs on the Lukashenka regime for enabling corruption, human rights abuses, inhumane exploitation of vulnerable people and orchestration of irregular migration, and attacks against democratic freedoms and international norms,” the Treasury Department mentioned in a press release utilizing the US authorities’s method of spelling the Belarusian chief’s title.

US officers have for weeks previewed that the US would impose new sanctions on Belarus, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in an interview Wednesday, “we’re working very closely with the European Union, including on additional sanctions against the Lukashenka regime, both for what it’s done in weaponizing migration but also what it’s done to oppress the rights of the Belarusian people.”

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