China Rejects Human Rights Criticism as Brussels Seeks Trade Rebalancing
'Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field' says EU
From human rights abuses to the treatment of Hong Kong, the NBA's stance on China is very disappointing, says Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. #FoxNews In Italy, human rights advocates are welcoming the introduction of long awaited legislation to amend the anti-discrimination law. The proposal would recognise discrimination against women as well as gay and transgender people. Our Italian Correspondent joins us from Rome. The Estonian foreign minister told Euronews the sanctions were decided over a 'massive' electoral fraud by Lukashenko's administration, as well as a "breach of human rights". The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has condemned the violent crackdown by the Belarusian government on protesters after three nights of unrest.
Police have arrested more than 6,000 people during the protests that followed Sunday's disputed presidential election.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland are offering to mediate, but say sanctions may come if that offer is not taken up.
Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Minsk, Belarus.