U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video
 You are in: Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs > Bureau of Public Affairs > Bureau of Public Affairs: Press Relations Office > Press Releases (Other) > 2004 > December
Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 8, 2004


Travel Restrictions on Belarusian Officials

In coordination with the recent decision by the European Union to restrict issuance of visas to Belarusian officials implicated in election fraud and other human rights abuses, the United States will take steps to restrict travel to the United States of Belarusian government officials implicated in such abuses.

We and the European Union have repeatedly expressed concerns at the Belarusian authorities’ failure to meet international commitments on democracy and human rights, as demonstrated most recently in the flawed referendum and parliamentary elections October 17, and in their excessive response to peaceful protests after those elections.

The Belarus Democracy Act, which President Bush signed October 20 demonstrates broad, bipartisan U.S. support for the Belarusian people’s aspirations for democratic change. In the spirit of the Act, the United States joins with the European Union in calling on Belarusian authorities to reverse their current course and to live up to their international commitments to protect the democratic rights of their citizens.

2004/1341


  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.