Belarus: EU imposes third round of sanctions over ongoing repression

The Council imposed restrictive measures against 27 additional individuals, including high-level Belarusian officials, responsible for the ongoing repression and intimidation, as well as against 2 individuals and 7 entities who benefit from their association with and support the Lukashenka regime. In response to the brutality of the Belarusian authorities and in support of the democratic rights of the Belarusian people,...

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Egypt: Draft new NGO law retains repressive essence of old one

Despite the Egyptian government’s claims to the contrary, a draft new NGO law passed by parliament yesterday preserves the repressive essence of the law of 2017 currently in force and would help perpetuate the devastating crackdown on human rights defenders and independent civil society organizations, Amnesty International said today. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should reject the draft law and...

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Belarus: Alexandr Lukashenko and 14 other officials sanctioned over ongoing repression

European Union agrees Belarus sanctions The Council today added 15 members of the Belarusian authorities, including Alexandr Lukashenko as well as his son and National Security Adviser Viktor Lukashenko, to the list of individuals sanctioned in relation to the violent repression and intimidation of peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists after the 2020 presidential election in Belarus. Restrictive measures, which...

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Snatching of Protesters in Portland “Astonishing Act of Repression”

Reports of unidentified federal law enforcement detaining demonstrators is a secret-police-level affront to free speech (New York, NY) — Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles and detaining demonstrators[1] in the Portland area since mid-July. PEN America’s Nora Benavidez[2], director of U.S. free expression programs, said the following: “Unidentified federal officials snatching individuals off the street and throwing...

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