Oct 13, 2008

Lukashenka Permitted to Travel through Europe

I did NOT okay this!

NY Times: The European Union temporarily suspended a travel ban on President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus on Monday, rewarding the authoritarian leader for recent democratic gains in an effort to encourage further reform.

The move will eliminate travel restrictions for Mr. Lukashenko and select Belarussian officials for a six-month period, conditional on additional improvements in the direction of greater media freedoms, respect for human rights and guarantees of political pluralism, said Christiane Hohmann, a spokeswoman for the European Commission, the union’s executive branch.

Um....what democratic gains? That election was a sham. And what about the closed-door trial held for Emmanuel Zeltser (http://www.saveemanuelzeltser.com/)?


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