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Human Rights Prize

October 2006 | Risk Summary

Belarus' leading opposition politician Alexander Milinkevich was awarded the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize on October 26, while in the same week the EU extended its visa ban and assets freeze list from 31 to 35 Belarusian names, including top officials and prosecutors. This move came after another presidential candidate, Alaksander Kazulin's, five-year imprisonment was upheld by the authorities over the summer. The EU appears to be increasing its pressure on the Belarusian authorities to meet Western European democratic norms. Incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko seems unwilling to bow to external pressure,

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