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European Parliament calls for confiscation of Lukashenko’s assets – DW – 11/24/2022

On Thursday 24 November, the Parliament of the European Union in Strasbourg adopted a resolution on the legal situation in Belarus. In it, MEPs called on the European Commission and EU countries to finalize a legal mechanism that would allow the confiscation of assets frozen by the EU, including the assets of Belarus’s ruler Alexander Lukashenko, his family and close associates. It is proposed that these funds be sent to the victims of the Lukashenko regime and representatives of the Belarusian democratic opposition.

The legislative body of the European Union calls for the continuation of the diplomatic isolation of Belarus, including in international organizations, and for the reduction of the diplomatic presence of the EU and its countries on its territory.

Lukashenko and those associated with him are responsible for war crimes in Ukraine and should be brought before an international tribunal and International Criminal Court, said the European Parliament. Its deputies strongly condemned Belarus’ participation in the Russian war against Ukraine and the re-deployment of Russian troops on Belarusian territory.

Sanctions against companies that use forced labour

In connection with alleged use by suppliers of large European companies of forced labor of Belarusian prisoners The EU Parliament calls on all companies in the EU to stop doing business with Belarusian suppliers who benefit from forced labour. The delegates call on the EU Council to impose sanctions on all companies operating in Belarus that use forced labor in their supply chains.

The European Parliament recalls that neither the EU itself nor its members recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus, noting that many Belarusians consider the winner of the 2020 presidential election Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. MEPs expressed their unwavering support for the Belarusian opposition and civil society. “Ukraine’s victory will accelerate democratic change in Belarus,” the resolution says.

MEPs ask the European Commission and EU countries to continue supporting the democratic opposition, civil society, human rights defenders and representatives of independent media in Belarus and Abroad, to prepare for the country’s coming transition to democracy.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org