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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On the Situation in Belarus

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 31, 2021 The United States has looked to improve the tenor of our bilateral relationship with Belarus; that effort has received broad bi-partisan support across administrations.  We still want to see Belarus succeed as an independent, prosperous, democratic country. However, the events surrounding the conduct of the fraudulent …

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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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Treasury Sanctions Additional Belarusian Regime Actors for Undermining Democracy

Press Release December 23, 2020 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one individual and four entities for their roles in the fraudulent August 9, 2020, presidential election in Belarus and the subsequent violent crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests. These designations, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) …

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OSCE Invokes Moscow Mechanism over Credible Reports of Human Rights Abuses and Election Irregularities in Belarus

STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON September 18, 2020 OSCE Invokes Moscow Mechanism over Credible Reports of Human Rights Abuses and Election Irregularities in Belarus  On September 17, 17 participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the United States, took the important step of invoking the OSCE’s “Moscow Mechanism” to establish an Expert Mission to …

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Joint Statement on Invoking the Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Serious Human Rights Violations in Belarus

Invoking the Moscow Mechanism in Relation to Serious Human Rights Violations in Belarus As delivered by U.K. Ambassador Neil Bush to the Permanent Council, Vienna September 17, 2020 I am delivering this statement on behalf of the following delegations: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, …

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Excerpt from Secretary Pompeo’s remarks at a joint press availability on 9/16/2020

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Press Availability REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 “We also discussed the need for every nation – especially Russia – to respect the sovereignty of Belarus.  The Belarusians protesting what were falsified election results …

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Belarus – Targeting and Detaining Journalists and Blocking Internet Access Must Cease

U.S. Embassy, Minsk Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus August 29, 2020 Belarus – Targeting and Detaining Journalists and Blocking Internet Access Must Cease We are concerned by the continued targeting of journalists, the blocking of independent media and opposition websites, intermittent internet blackouts, and random detentions of peaceful citizens exercising their rights …

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Joint Statement on the use of violence and repression in Belarus

Joint Statement by the Missions of the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the European Union on behalf of the EU Member States represented in Minsk on the use of violence and repression in Belarus Minsk, 28/08/2020 Recalling our earlier comments and statements, we stand in solidarity with the people of Belarus who demand …

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Call for Belarus to Uphold its OSCE Election-Related Commitments and Respect Human Rights

As delivered by Deputy Secretary Stephen E. Biegun to the Special Permanent Council, Vienna August 28, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important meeting today. And it is an honor to be here with all of you. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of meeting in Vilnius with Belarusian opposition candidate Sviatlana …

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White House Press Secretary on Belarus

Excerpt from the White House press briefing 8/10 with Kayleigh McEnany on Belarus: “We’re deeply concerned by the Belarus presidential election. Severe restrictions on ballot access for candidates, prohibition of local independent observers at polling stations, intimidation of opposition candidates, and the detention of peaceful protesters and journalists have marred the process, and we urge …

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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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THE UNITED STATES PROVIDES ADDITIONAL COVID- 19 FUNDING TO UNICEF BELARUS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2020 THE UNITED STATES PROVIDES ADDITIONAL COVID- 19 FUNDING TO UNICEF BELARUS  June 16, 2020 – The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) an additional $450,000 to support Belarus’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was …

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USG supports Belarus’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The United States Government, through USAID, has committed an additional $450,000 to support Belarus’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are in addition to the almost $1.3 million in U.S. government funds previously contributed to Belarus’ pandemic response, bringing the total provided to $1.7 million. This assistance will continue facilitating risk communication and …

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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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DEA and Belarusian State Forensic Examination Committee sign a memorandum of understanding

On February 25, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency signed a memorandum of understanding with the State Forensic Examination Committee of the Republic of Belarus.  This newly signed document reinforces the United States’ and Belarus’s commitment to cooperate on mutual law enforcement activities and to combatting drug-related crimes.  

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

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AT A PRESS AVAILABILITY MINSK, BELARUS FEBRUARY 1, 2020 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, colleagues. Let’s start our press conference because we are quite pressed for time. I give the floor to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei. FOREIGN MINISTER MAKEI: (Via interpreter) Distinguished Mr. Secretary …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Belarusian President Lukashenka

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 1, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka in Minsk, Belarus. Secretary Pompeo and President Lukashenka discussed U.S. commitment to a sovereign, independent, and prosperous Belarus. The Secretary highlighted the recent agreement to exchange ambassadors as another affirmation of our desire to …

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Program of the U.S. Embassy Booth at XXVII Minsk International Book Fair

“On the Road:  American Travel Writing”  XXVII Minsk International Book Fair February 5 – 9, 2020  U.S. Embassy Booth at BelExpo National Exhibition Center, 14 Pobediteley Avenue Wednesday, February 5  12:00 – 14:00              Official opening       14:00 – 15:30              “The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan

U.S Department of State Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson January 24, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to London, UK; Kyiv, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan January 29 to February 4. Secretary Pompeo will travel to London on January 29, where he will meet with UK Prime Minister …

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Chargé d’Affaires Moore meets with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kravchenko

Chargé d’Affaires Jenifer Moore met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Oleg Kravchenko on November 27 to discuss bilateral relations and prospects for further development between the two countries. They also discussed the Mr. Kravchenko’s recent visit to Washington, D.C. Add a translation in Беларуская мова

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National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Minsk

On August 29, during his first official visit to Minsk, National Security Advisor John Bolton met with President Alexander Lukashenka to discuss security issues and the bilateral relationship. Advisor Bolton also visited the Yama memorial and paid respects to the victims of the tragedy and to those Americans who survived or lost relatives during the …

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