The EU reinstated a travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko and froze his assets, and the US imposed stricter financial controls and widened its travel bans on senior officials.
Mr Lukashenko was re-elected in a disputed vote in December, and launched a crackdown on dissent afterwards.
More than 600 people were detained, including seven of the election candidates, after protests against what international monitors said was a rigged vote.
I was wondering why Canada wasn't "sanctioned" after a one day round up and arrest of more then 1,000 individuals at last years G20 protests?
Under Lukashenko, Belarus has retained a Soviet-style state-controlled economy while also repressing opposition activists and independent news media.
A "soviet style" state controlled economy, as opposed to an Egyptian style, or an American style?
The European Union and U.S. Monday banned travel and froze assets for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and 155 of his associates, in response to human-rights abuses following December's election.
Human rights abuses? Oh, like at Guantanamo?!