Belarus - Sentencing of Viktor Babariko (5 July 2021)


France strongly condemns the 14-year prison sentence handed down to Viktor Babariko, candidate in the presidential elections on August 9, 2020, by the Supreme Court of Belarus. This measure further reflects the policy to brutally crackdown on the democratic protest movement in Belarus. Together with its European partners, France reaffirms that it does not confer any legitimacy on Aleksandr Lukashenko. It will continue to support the Belarusian population and civil society and will maintain its sanctions against those responsible for serious human rights violations in this country.