Issuance of Belarus General License

The Department of the Treasury today announced an extension of the temporary sanctions relief for nine Belarusian entities beyond April 30 for up to six additional months.  Our sanctions relief is intended primarily to support Belarus’s economy and strengthen its independence.

We are following the questions of peaceful assembly, association, and free speech closely.  We continue to encourage the Government of Belarus to take positive steps to improve its record with respect to human rights and democracy and to meet its commitments and obligations to respect the freedom of assembly, association, speech, press, and other fundamental freedoms, including protecting the rights of journalists and human rights defenders.