Council of the EU: all Belarusian political prisoners must be released

The members of the Council welcome release of ex-presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and his ally Zmitser Bandarenka. However, the European Union insists that all political prisoners must be released. According to the calculations of human rights defenders, there are 13 political prisoners in the country at the moment. The EU's sanctions against Belarus will be abolished only after their release. 

Legal acts on standard exception from the EU's sanctions regime were approved at the session in Luxembourg. The regime prescribes freezing the assets of Belarusian legal entities, diplomatic missions and representations of international organizations.