Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 15 July 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence
Situation in Belarus: Discussion with Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
I welcome Ms Tsikhanouskaya and thank her for her powerful testimony. It is a reminder of the freedom we have here and we must uphold these freedoms everywhere. As a representative of the Green Party, I think of members of our sister party, the Belarusian Green Party. In April, its deputy chairman, Dmitry Kuuk, was abducted and jailed for planning a march to remember the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. This was a planned act of ordinary environmental activism and it was rendered illegal by a government intent on turning its back on democracy. I support Ms Tsikhanouskaya's request for free and fair elections. I have a specific question regarding sanctions. Are there particular industries, activities or people that Ms Tsikhanouskaya thinks could and should be targeted for sanctions in areas where there are significant links between Belarus and Ireland?
Deputy Brian Leddin: I welcome Ms Tsikhanouskaya and I thank her for her powerful testimony. It is a reminder of the freedom that we hold here and we must uphold these freedoms everywhere. As representative of the Green Party, I think of those members of our sister party, the Belorussian Green Party