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Statement by Special Envoy for Belarus Julie Fisher on anniversary of Ryanair flight diversion

One year ago, the Lukashenka regime in Belarus forced Ryanair Flight 4978 to land in Minsk by lying about a bomb threat. Two passengers from that flight remain in Belarusian custody and have yet to reach their final destination.  Raman Pratasevich was the initial target of the operation and continues to be victimized as a ...
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Possible Death Penalty against Pro-Democracy Activists and Anti-War Protesters in Belarus

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 18, 2022 Amidst Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, the Lukashenka regime in Belarus has found new ways to intimidate and punish its own citizens, including by approving legislation to apply the death penalty to pro-democracy activists and those opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine. Specifically, ...
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BELARUS 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Belarus is an authoritarian state. The constitution provides for a directly elected president who is head of state and a bicameral parliament, the National Assembly. A prime minister appointed by the president is the nominal head of government, but power is concentrated in the presidency, both in fact and in law. Citizens were ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Certain Persons May Travel from Belarus to the United States Without a Pre-departure COVID-19 Test

Due to Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine from Belarus, U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to Belarus should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and there is heightened tension in the region. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised its enforcement discretion to allow certain persons from Belarus to ...
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