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U.S. imposes visa restrictions on 25 people for undermining democracy in Belarus -Blinken

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2023-01-17T13:18:53Z

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on the “U.S. Strategy on Global Women’s Economic Security,” at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 4, 2023. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

The United States imposed visa restrictions Tuesday on 25 people including lawmakers for undermining democracy in Belarus with politically motivated trials of opposition leaders and activists, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

“Those regime officials targeted in today’s action include members of the National Assembly of Belarus for their role in passing legislation to authorize the death penalty for persons convicted of supposed ‘attempted acts of terrorism,’ a charge used to repress and intimidate the democratic opposition and civil society,” Blinken said in a statement


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