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Trudeau Meets Belarus Opposition Leader, Imposes Sanctions

In a significant diplomatic move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held talks today with the Opposition Leader of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, underscoring Canada’s unwavering support for democracy and human rights worldwide.

During the meeting, Trudeau reiterated Canada’s condemnation of the Lukashenko regime’s persistent violations of democratic principles and human rights in Belarus. Specifically, he denounced the continued detention of political prisoners and assaults on freedom of the press, highlighting the regime’s repression since the disputed presidential election of 2020.

In a decisive action, Trudeau announced the imposition of sanctions targeting 21 individuals implicated in human rights abuses in Belarus. This move demonstrates Canada’s commitment to holding accountable those responsible for perpetuating the ongoing crisis in the country.

Moreover, Trudeau and Tsikhanouskaya jointly condemned the Lukashenko regime’s support for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. They expressed grave concern over reports implicating the regime in Russia’s abduction of Ukrainian children, emphasizing the urgent need to address such egregious violations of international law.

The meeting concluded with both leaders expressing optimism for continued cooperation in advancing the rights and aspirations of the Belarusian people. This collaboration underscores Canada’s steadfast commitment to promoting democracy, human rights, and stability in Belarus, despite the challenges posed by the authoritarian rule of the Lukashenko regime.


The meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Belarusian Opposition Leader Tsikhanouskaya marks a significant moment in Canada’s foreign policy, showcasing its commitment to defending democracy and human rights globally. By imposing targeted sanctions on individuals complicit in human rights abuses, Canada sends a clear message that such violations will not be tolerated on the international stage. Additionally, the joint condemnation of the Lukashenko regime’s support for Russian aggression highlights the importance of solidarity among democratic nations in the face of authoritarian threats. As Canada continues to champion the rights of the Belarusian people, its actions serve as a beacon of hope for those striving for freedom and justice in Belarus and beyond.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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