Belarus - Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, risk of detention, and COVID ?19 and related entry restrictions.
Belarus became an independent republic in 1991, after the breakup of the Soviet Union. In 1996, a constitutional referendum, not recognized by the international community, centralized power in the executive branch (president), headed by Alexander Lukashenko. Economic and political reform in Belarus has stalled and the Belarusian Government’s human rights record remains very poor. The March 2006 national election was judged to be seriously flawed by international observers. Democratic nations, including the United States and the members of the European Union, condemned the subsequent governmental crackdown on peaceful protests in Minsk, and imposed visa restrictions and other sanctions on senior Belarusian officials. As a result of the release of political prisoners in August 2008, the EU lifted its visa restrictions, but those of the United States remain in effect. Both Belarusian and Russian are official languages, and Russian is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in the cities. Tourist facilities are not highly developed, but food and lodging in the capital and some regional centers are adequate.
Even in exile, Belarus\' Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya fights authoritarianism
If the elections hadn't been rigged, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya would have become president of Belarus in August 2020. Perhaps she would have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Publ.Date : Mon, 11 Oct 2021 05:30:00 GMT
From Belarus to Pennsylvania, the volleyball court is home for Hatboro-Horsham all-star
This Hatboro-Horsham hitter came from Belarus about two years ago and already became a state all-star. Her team is a big support on and off the court.
Publ.Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2021 10:04:00 GMT
Directing and scriptwriting program for filmmakers open [Belarus]
The program includes online sessions and on-site workshops, led by expert teachers from the organizing ... Participants must have Belarusian citizenship and speak Polish or English. The deadline is ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:00:00 GMT
Belarus Opposition Leader, Serving 11 Years in Prison, Wins Human Rights Award Worth $70K
Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova ... Kolesnikova then joined forces with former English teacher Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who was running in place of her jailed husband Sergei, an ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:56:00 GMT
Belarus opposition leader warns of border migration crisis
Belarus? exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday urged the global community to stop a ?humanitarian catastrophe? which she said is being created ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Oct 2021 05:40:00 GMT
Canucks prospects tracker: Klimovich in limbo, Jurmo keeps it going
The intrigue and speculation that surrounds prospect Danila Klimovich continued this past week, after the Vancouver Canucks loaned the talented 18-year-old to their American Hockey League affiliate in ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 10 Oct 2021 20:20:00 GMT