WASHINGTON, January 4 (RIA Novosti)
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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011, which envisions new sanctions against Belarus, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The bill, approved by the Senate in mid-December, expands the list of Belarusian officials and law enforcement officers that will face visa restrictions and financial sanctions.
It also calls for on the International Ice Hockey Federation to “suspend its plan to hold the 2014 International World Ice Hockey championship in Minsk until the government of Belarus releases all political prisoners.”
The act expands earlier adopted acts on democracy in the former Soviet republic, ruled by Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by the West.
The signed bill states that it is the policy of the United States to “remain open to reevaluating its policy toward Belarus as warranted by demonstrable progress made by the government of Belarus.”
Belarusian police beat and arrested hundreds of demonstrators, who attempted to storm the Belarusian government headquarters in protest against Lukashenko's re-election after the December 19, 2010 vote.
The United States and European Union condemned the crackdown and imposed sanctions against Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic since 1994.
A number of opposition activists were sentenced to jail terms of up to four years.
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- sagbotgamot(no title)08:17, 04/01/2012also known as US Imperialism!
- arsanlupin"Imperialism" is just another euphemism ...22:38, 24/02/2012... for "we don't like you!" It has no other meaning in modern political discussion; it is just more noise.
"A potential customer walks along a street, looking into various shops to decide who he will do business with. In one he sees the proprietor treating his employees in a way he finds offensive - and decides to do business with someone else."
THAT is the definition of "economic sanctions" - nothing more.
A person - or a country or an economic union or even the rest of the collective planet - can decide who to trade with - and who not to. If you or anyone else want to trade with other people, you cannot arbitrarily piss them off without causing the inevitable repercussions.
That's life - deal with it!
- bielecHey Obama,08:43, 04/01/2012How about the Bahrain Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011?
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