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Motion to impose sanctions on the Belarussian government watch

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    Following a number of threads on this issue the Ukraine would like to propose the motion that the UN impose sanctions on key MEMBERS OF THE BELORUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. Note these are not general sanctions but would include travel bans and seizure of overseas assets.
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    China would oppose this motion. Brussels and Washington are already putting sanctions on. If those nations/trading groups wish to impose sanctions then fine, but we do not believe that the entire UN has to be subject.
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    Brazil opposes sancations being placed on the Belariussian government
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    Here are links to other discussions on the subject

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=213299

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=204181

    The Ukraine believes that sanctions from the UN carry a lot more weight then sanctions from groups of nations. It shows the dictator that the whole world is critical of his regime

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    Germany wishes that the international community (outside the EU) also involve themselves in ending this dictatorship.
    Other nations do believe that this is an issue for the wider international community.
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    But China is not critical of his regime, so that statement is untrue.
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    India believes that sanctions on Belarus will affect the Belorussian people negatively, and cannot be a good thing. Therefore, we have voted against the sanctions.
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    The Belorussian people are our only concern in proposing this motion. The sanctions proposed will be travel bans on key members of the government; seizure of their overseas assets etc. We are not proposing anything that would negative affect the Belorussians.
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    Malta believes the current situation in Belarus is not in the best interests of the Belorussian people and so supports this motion for the better good o the Belorussian people.
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    Brazil believes these sanctions will do nothing positive for the Belorussian people, and has voted against the motion
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    After voting for the sanctions to be imposed, Greece feels the Belarussian governemtn are moving into a corrupt, dictatorship. The sanctions would ensure fair democrasy, of which can only be good.
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    Perhaps travels bans etc. are not going have too great an impact on the Belorussian government, but if the UN imposes them it sends a strong message that what they are doing is not acceptable.

    It also offers hope to the Belorussian people who are struggling for their freedom, it shows that the outside community supports them in their fight and that they can will and must (yay cluster of 3, I remember something from GCSE English) succeed.

    It may not be much but its better than nothing.
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    Concerning, the statements about countries worrying about the negative effects of the ban:
    The bans in place are,as the Ukranian representative stated, bans restricting the movement of top officials of the Belarussian govt. This will not in any way, that we can conceive, will harm the poplulation of Belarrus.
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    Germany would also like to thank the Ukranian representative for starting this motion, and Ukraine will be considered for a seat in the EU for its support.
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    (Original post by aiman)
    Germany would also like to thank the Ukranian representative for starting this motion, and Ukraine will be considered for a seat in the EU for its support.
    YAY - Ukrainian Foreign ministry holds big party and all staff working to represent the Ukraine in the UN get a pay rise
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    (Original post by ElWilson)
    After voting for the sanctions to be imposed, Greece feels the Belarussian governemtn are moving into a corrupt, dictatorship. The sanctions would ensure fair democrasy, of which can only be good.
    China doubts these sanctions would ensure fair democracy.
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    (Original post by Nightowl)
    China doubts these sanctions would ensure fair democracy.
    México concurrs.
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    They are not enough to ensure fair democracy, but they do give it a better chance
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    Uzbekistan believes that the imposition of sanctions for the internal affairs of a country violates both the letter and the spirit of the UN Charter. Uzbekistan hopes that all states that respect international law vote against this attempt by the imperialist camp to extend their influence eastward at the expense of the Belarussian people.
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    PREAMBLE

    WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
    to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
    to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

    to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

    to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,



    AND FOR THESE ENDS
    to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and

    to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

    to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

    to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples
    This is right at the start of the UN Charter.
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    "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person"
    " to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,"
    "to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples"

    So as everyone can see this motion is very much in keeping with both "the letter and the spirit of the UN Charter"
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    If this is the case why arn't the UN doing this with all undemocratic nations?
 
 
 
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