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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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Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy Minsk – Departure of U.S. Government Employees and Suspension of Operations

Do Not Travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, the Russian military attack on neighboring Ukraine, the buildup of Russian military in Belarus along the border with Ukraine, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions.  U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately via commercial or private means. On February 28, 2022, the Department ...
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