US, EU and UK diplomats with Maryna Adamovich and Darya Losik, wives of political prisoners Mikola Statkevich and Ihar Losik, in front of the court building near the Homel pre-trial detention center.

EU ambassadors will no longer be able to attend court sessions on their own. Now, they will need to obtain a special permit from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

European diplomats reacted negatively to this information. The EU delegation believes that one of the objectives of the injunction is “to bar the diplomatic community from observing many current and future politically motivated legal proceedings”.