Advertisement

Canada adds new sanctions against Belarus after arrest of journalist

Click to play video: 'Trudeau condemns arrest of Belarus journalist on Ryanair flight, calls behaviour ‘an attack on democracy’' Trudeau condemns arrest of Belarus journalist on Ryanair flight, calls behaviour ‘an attack on democracy’
WATCH: Trudeau condemns arrest of Belarus journalist on Ryanair flight, calls behaviour 'an attack on democracy’ – May 25, 2021

Canada has announced new sanctions against Belarusian officials and entities in response to the politically motivated arrests of journalist Raman Pratasevich and his companion Sofia Sapega.

In a joint statement with the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States, Ottawa says the sanctions are a response to the forced landing of a commercial flight between two EU countries on May 23 and the arrests of the pair.

Read more: EU bans Belarus planes from airspace over arrest of journalist

The statement calls on the Belarusian regime to end its repressive practices against its own people, and expresses disappointment that the regime has opted to walk away from its human rights obligations, adherence to democratic principles and engagement with the international community.

Click to play video: 'Belarus airs detained journalist’s “confession” video, opposition says interview was under duress' Belarus airs detained journalist’s “confession” video, opposition says interview was under duress
Belarus airs detained journalist’s “confession” video, opposition says interview was under duress – Jun 4, 2021

It also calls on President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime to co-operate fully with international investigations into the landing of the commercial flight and immediately release all political prisoners.

Story continues below advertisement

Read more: Belarusian editor arrested as crackdown on journalists intensifies

Foreign Affairs Canada says 17 individuals and five entities have been added to the list of sanctioned persons, which bans anyone in Canada as well as Canadians outside of the country from doing business with them.

An air navigation services company, oil company and two Belarusian automobile plants are among the newly sanctioned entities.

Sponsored content