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Canada announces new sanctions on Belarus as opposition leader visits Ottawa

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Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 6:09AM EST

Last Updated Tue Nov 22, 2022 6:09 AM EST

Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie today announced new sanctions against Belarus in response to Belarus’ support for Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Joly said in a statement that the Belarusian leadership enabled human rights abuses and allowed the country to serve as a launch pad for Russian aggression.

Canada has added 22 Belarusian officials to its sanctions list, including those involved in the stationing and transportation of Russian military personnel and equipment.

Sanctions will also affect 16 Belarusian companies in the military manufacturing, technology, engineering, banking and railway sectors.

The announcement came as deposed opposition leader Sviatlana Tsihanoskaya traveled to Ottawa to meet with Jolie, members of parliament and senators.

Jolie says the two will discuss the complicity of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in the war and the importance of upholding democracy in Belarus.

Lukashenko came to power in the 2020 elections, which were widely considered rigged.

The opposition’s main challenger, Tihanuskaya, fled to Lithuania under official pressure after the vote, and the government launched a sweeping crackdown on the protests, arresting more than 35,000 people.

“President Lukashenko’s complete disregard for human rights at home and abroad cannot be justified,” Jolie said in a statement.

“These measures will put additional pressure on the Belarusian leadership. President Lukashenko must stop being an instrument of the Russian regime.”

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on November 22, 2022.

— with files from the Associated Press.

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