U.S. Policy on Belarus, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, June 9, 2021 [open pdf - 205KB]
This is the June 9, 2021 hearing on "U.S. Policy on Belarus," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Bob Menendez: "Last week a Belarusian opposition activist attempted suicide in a courtroom by stabbing himself in the neck with a pen. Covered in blood, his jailers fumbled for the keys to his courtroom cage. The absolute horror of this one incident exemplifies the desperation of an opposition movement constantly under lethal threat from a regime dead set on staying in power. This is the dictatorial regime of Alexander Lukashenka. This is the harsh brutality faced by the Belarusian people every day. Since attempting to steal the presidential election in August of 2020, the Lukashenka regime's oppression has grown exponentially. Hundreds of courageous political prisoners populate Belarusian jails. Several have been killed. Despite this pressure, the people of Belarus continue to turn out, standing up for their rights." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Julie Fisher, Jamie Fly, and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
S. Hrg. 117-32; Senate Hearing 117-32
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