Invocation of the Vienna Mechanism on Belarus

Invocation of the Vienna Mechanism on Belarus As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 4, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States fully aligns with the joint statement delivered by the United Kingdom.  I would also like to add a few words in my national capacity. We remain …

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Efforts to Hamper U.S. Development Assistance and Public Diplomacy Programs in Belarus

STATEMENT BY SPECIAL ENVOY FOR BELARUS JULIE D. FISHER  Efforts to Hamper U.S. Development Assistance and Public Diplomacy Programs in Belarus  On October 20, 2021, the Belarusian authorities informed the United States of new measures designed to impede the functioning of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk by forcing the closure of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy and USAID offices, including the American Center in Minsk.  The Belarusian authorities are forcing the Embassy to terminate …

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The Russian Federation’s Duma Elections

The Russian Federation’s Duma Elections U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release September 20, 2021 STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings. The Russian government’s use of laws on “extremist organizations,” “foreign agents,” and “undesirable organizations” severely restricted …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 14, 2021 On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability …

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The Sentencing of Belarusian Opposition Figures Maria Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 6, 2021 The Sentencing of Belarusian Opposition Figures Maria Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak The United States condemns the politically motivated conviction and shameful sentencing today of Belarusian opposition figures Maria Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak. Ms. Kalesnikava, a recipient of this year’s International Women of Courage Award, was given …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election   PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 9, 2021 On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his …

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FACT SHEET: Executive Order Imposing Costs on Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Belarusian Authorities for Ongoing Attacks Against Democratic Freedoms, &#8230

FACT SHEET: Executive Order Imposing Costs on Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Belarusian Authorities for Ongoing Attacks Against Democratic Freedoms, Human Rights, and International Norms   AUGUST 09, 2021 Today, on the anniversary of the fraudulent Belarusian election of August 9, 2020, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed an Executive Order (E.O.) imposing further consequences upon Alyaksandr Lukashenka …

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Treasury Holds the Belarusian Regime to Account on Anniversary of Fraudulent Election

August 9, 2021 Treasury uses new sanctions authority in support of the Belarusian people WASHINGTON — Today, on the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent August 9, 2020 presidential election, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 27 individuals and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13405, as well …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Belarus

AUGUST 09, 2021 One year ago today, the people of Belarus sought to make their voices heard and shape their own future through that most basic expression of democracy—an election. Rather than respect the clear will of the Belarusian people, the Lukashenka regime perpetrated election fraud, followed by a brutal campaign of repression to stifle …

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Executive Order on Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Belarus

AUGUST 09, 2021 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. …

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Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Opposition Leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya of Belarus

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Opposition Leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya of Belarus THE WHITE HOUSE JULY 20, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with democratic opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya of Belarus. Mr. Sullivan conveyed American support for the people of Belarus and respect for the …

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State Department Meetings with Leader of the Democratic Opposition of Belarus Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Office of the Spokesperson July 19, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet met with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic opposition of Belarus in Washington, D.C.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the group for part of the …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime and its Enablers to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 21, 2021 The United States has taken action against dozens of Belarusian individuals and entities in response to last month’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight between two European Union member states and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofiya Sapega. These …

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USOSCE: On Recent Developments in Belarus

On Recent Developments in Belarus As prepared for prepared for delivery by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna June 10, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair. Circumstances in Belarus worsen by the day.  The repression and severe abuses against pro-democracy activists, independent media, members of the opposition, and civil society based on politically-motivated …

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Belarus: Joint comments by the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus together with the diplomatic missions …

Belarus: Joint comments by the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus together with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States in Belarus and the Embassies of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Japan on the 8 June 2021 meeting with Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei Today, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei …

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STATEMENT BY ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER ON BELARUS

For Immediate Release Friday, June 4, 2021 Belarus informed the United States yesterday that it is imposing new limits on American diplomatic and technical personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, effective June 13. Despite an increasingly restrictive environment for U.S. government programming in Belarus, USAID’s partnership with the Belarusian people continues and remains more …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 29, 2021   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the United States Response to Belarus’s Forced Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Continuing Attack on…

Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the United States Response to Belarus’s Forced Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Continuing Attack on Fundamental Freedoms MAY 28, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight under false pretenses, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and the subsequent removal …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE May 27, 2021 G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: …

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On the Forced Landing of Ryanair Flight FR4978 and Unjust Detention of Raman Pratasevich

On the Forced Landing of Ryanair Flight FR4978 and Unjust Detention of Raman Pratasevich   As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Special Permanent Council, Vienna May 25, 2021   Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion to Minsk of a flight between two EU member states and NATO Allies …

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion of a flight between two EU member states and the subsequent removal and arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich in Minsk. We demand his immediate release. This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

U.S. Embassy Statement May 18, 2021 The United States condemns the Lukashenka regime’s relentless persecution of independent media outlet Tut.by, its journalists and staff.  The raids on Tut.by’s offices as well as the homes of staff members under the guise of a spurious tax-fraud investigation are the latest in a series of punitive actions directed …

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Revocation of the Authorization of Belarus General License 2G Due to Human Rights Violations and Abuse

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN April 19, 2021 Revocation of the Authorization of Belarus General License 2G Due to Human Rights Violations and Abuses The U.S. Department of State fully supports the Department of the Treasury’s announcement today on the revocation of the Belarus-related General License (GL) and implementation of a 45-day wind down …

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USOSCE: Recent Developments in Belarus

Recent Developments in Belarus As delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 16, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair. While the Permanent Council paused over recess, unfortunately, repression in Belarus did not.  We are particularly concerned by the authorities’ provocative, politically-motivated arrest of members of the Belarusian Polish …

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Secretary Blinken releases the Human Rights Report 2020

On March 30, 2021, the State Department released the 2020 country reports on human rights practices. Secretary Blinken (Mar. 30) (Twitter) on the report: “Honored to release the 45th annual Human Rights Report. It demonstrates that human rights, transparency and accountability are at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. We acknowledge the work ahead and …

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USOSCE: On Recent Developments in Belarus

On Recent Developments in Belarus As delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 25, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair. I look forward to the day when we will no longer need to raise pressing human rights challenges in Belarus in this chamber, but today is not that …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

March 25, 2021 The Embassy of the United States of America congratulates all Belarusians on the 103rd anniversary of the declaration of the Belarusian People’s Republic of 1918.  Though more than a century has passed since the first declaration of statehood, recent events have demonstrated that Belarusians’ struggle for freedom and democracy persists.  Currently, Belarusians of …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

March 24, 2021 The United States welcomes and supports the establishment of the International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB), an independent and impartial mechanism to collect and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations and abuses surrounding the 2020 presidential election in Belarus and the Belarusian authorities’ subsequent violent suppression of protests.  The aim of the …

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Counselor Chollet’s Call with Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 22, 2021 Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet spoke today with Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei about the situation in Belarus and the current state of U.S.-Belarus bilateral relations.  Counselor Chollet made clear the need for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Belarus without exception, specifically …

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USOSCE: Call for New Dialogue to Lead to New Presidential Election in Belarus

USOSCE: Call for New Dialogue to Lead to New Presidential Election in Belarus As  delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 18, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair. As President Biden stated, U.S. diplomacy should be rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, respecting human rights and the rule …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

March 12, 2021 The United States expresses solidarity with Poland and condemns the expulsion of three diplomatic and consular officials from the Polish Consulates General in Brest and Hrodna.  Belarus should uphold its international commitments and obligations on the treatment of diplomats per the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

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USOSCE: Role of Women in Belarus’s Fight for Democracy

USOSCE: Role of Women in Belarus’s Fight for Democracy As delivery by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 11, 2021 Thank you, Madam Chair. Women have long been at the forefront of civil and political rights movements across the globe.  As Secretary Blinken said earlier this week, “it is often women who lead the …

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U.S. Statement at the HRC Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Belarus

46th General Session of the UN Human Rights Council  Item 2 Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Belarus  U.S. Statement As Delivered by Mark Cassayre   The United States remains deeply troubled by the Belarusian government’s crackdown on peaceful protesters, including reports of torture, continued detention of over 200 political prisoners, and refusal to engage in genuine dialogue …

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Imposing Visa Restrictions on Additional Individuals Undermining Belarusian Democracy

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 18, 2021   The United States remains alarmed by the Lukashenka regime’s continuing violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, pro-democracy activists, and journalists. The February 16 raids on human rights organization Vyasna, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and independent trade union workers, as well as the February 18 sentencing …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

February 18, 2021 The United States Embassy condemns the political convictions and egregious prison sentences announced today to punish two Belsat journalists for their work in providing information to the public. This judicial action adds to the evidence that the authorities’ objective is not one of justice but rather an attempt to silence the media and limit the …

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Belarus: Joint Statement

Belarus: Joint Statement by the EU Delegation on behalf of the EU Member States represented in Minsk and the Embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland on the harassment of rights defenders, journalists, and trade union activists   Minsk, 17/02/2021 The Belarusian authorities continue their increased harassment of the country’s civil society. …

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U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT

February 11, 2021 The Lukashenka regime opened its “All-Belarusian People’s Assembly” on February 11, which it claims includes representatives from across Belarus for the purpose of determining the country’s priorities for the next five years and may consider possible amendments to the country’s constitution. Yet this “All-Belarusian People’s Assembly” is neither genuine nor inclusive of Belarusian views and therefore does not address the country’s ongoing political crisis.  The government has jailed Belarusian protest leaders, activists, and dissidents – often on falsified charges – and forcibly exiled others.  The political prisoners, those in exile, and the estimated 30,000 others arrested since August 2020 deserve …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

February 8, 2021   U.S. Embassy officers observed a February 5 press conference hosted by the Belarusian Association of Journalists concerning the upcoming criminal trial in Minsk against Belsat journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva (Bakhvalava) and Daria Chultsova on February 9, in which they face up to 3 years of imprisonment.  They have been accused of “organizing events seriously undermining …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

February 7, 2021 Every day but especially today, “The Day of Solidarity with Belarus,” the United States stands with the Belarusian people in their yearning for democracy, liberty, and justice. Fundamental freedoms inherently belong to the people of all nations and are long overdue in independent, sovereign Belarus. In December, the United States Congress passed …

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USOSCE: Recent Developments in Belarus

Recent Developments in Belarus As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna February 4, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Chair, the United States welcomes this opportunity to recognize the upcoming Day of Solidarity with the people of Belarus this Sunday, February 7.  This Monday, we will mark six months of peaceful …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States condemns the January 18 arrest of ​​Leanid Sudalenk​a, Chairperson of the Homyel ​branch of Human Rights Organization Viasna, and his assistant Maryya Tarasenka.  We call for their immediate release. ​Rights activists, such as those ​working with Viasna, are a critical part of civil society in any country, as they observe a country’s human rights record and shed light on and document human …

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Meeting with Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Aleinik

On January 14, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jeffrey Giauque had an introductory meeting with Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Aleinik.  DFM Aleinik recently assumed responsibility for covering the relationship with the United States for the MFA.  During the conversation they discussed bilateral relations and U.S. concerns related to the human rights situation in Belarus.  In …

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Imposing Sanctions and Visa Restrictions on Additional Individuals and Entities Undermining Belarusian Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 23, 2020 Today, the United States is taking action against individuals and entities involved in efforts to undermine Belarusian democracy. Specifically, the U.S. Departments of State and of Treasury have exercised their respective authorities against 40 individuals and four entities involved in electoral fraud and human rights abuses surrounding the fraudulent election …

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Human Rights Violations in Belarus

Human Rights Violations in Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna December 17, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. Mr. Chairperson, at the final PC of the year, it is appropriate that we take stock of events in Belarus since the fraudulent August 9 presidential election.  We continue to …

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Western diplomats met with Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei

Today, the heads of missions of the EU and EU Member States represented in Minsk, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and of the United States of America met with Belarus’ Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.   The diplomats inquired about the Belarusian authorities’ plans with regard to meeting the demands of the country’s constitution and international obligations …

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OSCE Ministerial – Belarus Side Event Closing Remarks

OSCE Ministerial – Belarus Side Event Closing Remarks As prepared by DAS George Kent to the OSCE Side Event on Belarus Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 As we conclude today’s event, I want to express my government’s thanks to our UK colleagues, the other co-sponsors, and Minister Kofod of Denmark for his …

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AS PREPARED Remarks by Deputy Secretary Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session

STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM TIRANA, ALBANIA DECEMBER 3, 2020   (As Prepared) It is an honor to join Ambassador Gilmore in representing the United States and Secretary Pompeo at this Ministerial.   I commend Chair-in-Office Prime Minister Rama for his leadership throughout this year of unprecedented challenges, not least the global …

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On Human Rights Violations in Belarus

On Human Rights Violations in Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 19, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The European Union is right.  And we follow on behind their statement.  The right to peaceful assembly is one that Americans jealously defend.  But it’s more than that, Mr. Chairperson.  …

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Joint Statement on the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus

Joint Statement by the EU Delegation on behalf of the EU Member States represented in Minsk, the British embassy, the Swiss embassy, and the U.S. embassy on the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus   We condemn the increased use of violence and the violations of human and civil rights in Belarus since the fraudulent …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States is shocked and disturbed by the horrible circumstances surrounding the November 12 death of Raman Bandarenka who, according to eyewitness accounts, died from traumatic injuries sustained after brutal beatings by plainclothes police. We extend our condolences to his family and stand in solidarity with ​all the people of Belarus mourning his loss. We call on the authorities to conduct a transparent investigation and bring to justice those responsible for Mr. Bandarenka’s death. We condemn the ongoing …

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Political Prisoners in Belarus Should be Released

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 12, 2020 The United States condemns the continued detention of political prisoners in Belarus.  More than 100 political prisoners are currently being detained for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms by peacefully participating in protests, calling for free and fair elections, and advocating for a …

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Expulsion of UK Diplomats from Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT CALE BROWN, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 11, 2020   The United States expresses solidarity with the United Kingdom and condemns the harassment and expulsion of two UK diplomats from Belarus on November 9.  This arbitrary and unjustified act by Belarusian authorities is only the latest attempt to hide the daily harassment and repression everyday …

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OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 5, 2020 The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus released on November 5 describes sustained human rights violations and abuses committed on a massive scale and with impunity by the Belarusian authorities during the fraudulent August 9 election and its aftermath. The abuses against peaceful …

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Joint Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Belarus

Joint Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Belarus Statement Delivered by H.E. René Rosager Dinesen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020   Mr Chair, I am delivering this statement on behalf of the following delegations who, acting together, on 17 September invoked the Moscow Mechanism …

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U.S. National Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation To Belarus

U.S. National Statement on the Report under The Moscow Mechanism in Relation To Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 5, 2020   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, the United States thanks OSCE Moscow Mechanism Rapporteur Professor Wolfgang Benedek for his compelling, thorough, and exceptionally well documented report.  …

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INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS

Statement by Acting Administrator John Barsa Monday, November 2, 2020 UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations press@usaid.gov Freedom of the press is a cornerstone to every just and free society. Today, on this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, we salute all journalists, especially those who risk their safety …

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Release and Departure of U.S. Citizen Vitali Shkliarov from Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 28, 2020 The United States welcomes the departure from Belarus of wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Vitali Shkliarov. After three months of wrongful detention and house arrest, Mr. Shkliarov has been reunited with his family and has arrived in the United States. As the President and I …

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Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 26, 2020 Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus The following is a joint statement from the United States with Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, …

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U.S. Embassy pays respect at Yama Memorial

Today, Elizabeth Hanny of the U.S. Embassy visited the Yama memorial in Minsk to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of victims who lost their lives during the Holocaust.  The memorial marks the site of the Minsk Ghetto, which was completely destroyed in October 1943 – leaving only 13 survivors.  She was heartened to …

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Let the Archbishop Come Home

By United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs Since Alyaksandr Lukashenka falsely claimed a landslide victory in early August in a Belarusian presidential election that was neither free nor fair, peaceful protesters have taken to the streets in the largest numbers in the country’s history. …

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On Recent Developments in Belarus

As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Lane Darnell Bahl to the Permanent Council, Vienna October 15, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As in recent weeks, today, it is impossible for us to ignore the ongoing events in Belarus.  Not a single case has been opened by Belarusian authorities to review ongoing police violence and repression. …

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On the Exile of Catholic Archbishop Kondrusiewicz

On the Exile of Catholic Archbishop Kondrusiewicz PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 13, 2020 More than 40 days have passed since Belarusian authorities prevented a fellow citizen, Catholic Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, from re-entering the country, on the spurious notion that faith leaders should not publicly challenge injustices. Their action is itself an …

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The U.S.’ Action Against Belarusian Individuals Involved in Efforts to Undermine Belarusian Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 2, 2020 Today, in response to the continued, brutal repression of peaceful, pro-democracy protesters in Belarus, the United States and the European Union have taken coordinated action against Belarusian individuals involved in efforts to undermine Belarusian democracy.  The U.S. Departments of Treasury and State have exercised separate authorities against 25 Belarusians …

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Treasury Sanctions Belarus Officials for Undermining Democracy

PRESS RELEASE October 2, 2020 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals for their roles in the fraudulent August 9, 2020 Belarus presidential election or the subsequent violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. These designations, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13405, target individuals who are responsible for, …

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On the Unjust Detention of a U.S. Citizen in Belarus

As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna U.S. Mission OSCE October 1, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We must note our disappointment with Belarusian authorities’ decision to hold a secret presidential inauguration on September 23 after fraudulent elections.  We remain deeply concerned about their continued crackdown on peaceful protesters.  …

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Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun Special Briefing with the Brussels Hub

Special Briefing via Telephone Stephen Biegun Deputy Secretary of State September 11, 2020 The Brussels Hub Moderator:  Good afternoon from the U.S. State Department’s Brussels Media Hub.  I’d like to welcome all participants to today’s telephonic press briefing with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun.  Deputy Secretary Biegun will discuss the U.S. response to …

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Excerpt from the White House press briefing with Press Secretary Kayleigh MCEnany on 9/9/2020

Q    The protests in Belarus continue, as well as the crackdown on the opposition.  What concrete step is the President going to take to support Belarusians in their struggle for democracy and to stop human rights abuses? MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, it’s another very good question.  The U.S. is extremely concerned by continued human rights violations …

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Abduction of Opposition Leaders in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 The United States is deeply concerned by the reported abduction September 7 in Belarus of Coordination Council member Mariya Kalesnikava, Spokesman Anton Rodnenkou, and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou, and the attempted forced expulsion over the border to Ukraine September 8. We commend the courage …

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Attacks on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and Media Freedom in Belarus

Attacks on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and Media Freedom in Belarus As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna September 3, 2020 Recalling the joint project and declaration that the United States and Belarus offered at the last Ministerial, I can assure the members of the goodwill of the …

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Supporting the Aspirations of the Belarusian People

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 20, 2020 The United States has been inspired by the display of peaceful expression of the Belarusian people seeking to determine their own future. We stand by our long-term commitment to support Belarus’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the aspirations of the Belarusian people …

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Presidential Elections in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 10, 2020 The United States is deeply concerned about the conduct of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus, which was not free and fair. Severe restrictions on ballot access for candidates, prohibition of local independent observers at polling stations, intimidation tactics employed against opposition candidates, …

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Secretary Pompeo on Belarus National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO Belarus National Day July 3, 2020 On behalf of the government of the United States and the American people, I send my congratulations to all Belarusian citizens on the occasion of your Independence Day. The United States strongly supports the continued aspirations of …

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State Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2020 Susan and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Over the past month, Muslims at home and abroad have fasted, centered around spiritual reflection, community and values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity, and have adapted to practicing their faith and observing Ramadan …

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On First Shipment of U.S. Oil to Belarus  

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO   May 15, 2020      First Shipment of U.S. Oil to Belarus     This week, the first shipment of U.S. crude oil will depart for Belarus.  This competitive deal, by U.S. energy trader United Energy Trading, with the assistance of U.S. firm Getka and their Polish partner UNIMOT, strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence, demonstrates that the …

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President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Julie D. Fisher, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus. Julie Fisher, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently …

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Trial of Four Suspects in MH17 Case

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 8, 2020 The United States welcomes tomorrow’s commencement of the criminal trial in the Netherlands of four individuals indicted for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. As the trial begins, we recall the UN Security Council’s demand that “those responsible … be held to account …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei REMARKS

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Secretary Pompeo Postpones Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus

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Statement on Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus 

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