A demonstration in the Belarusian capital was thwarted by police who arrested at least 100 people in an ongoing crackdown against peaceful protests.
The EU's top diplomat warned on Thursday that "we are witnessing a further escalation of repression against the Belarusian people".
More than 50 European journalists' unions on Thursday urged their governments to up the pressure on Belarus to release jailed journalists as the country marks Freedom Day.
The Belarusian opposition led by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is hoping to start talks with the government in May - if an online poll launched on Thursday gives her the mandate to enter negotiations.
A new documentary film alleges that EU funds contributed to financing Lukashenko's regime and his lavish lifestyle. The bloc has rejected the accusations as "completely unfounded and baseless."
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Euronews highlights the stories of Belarus' female political prisoners and the leading role of women in the country's democratic opposition movement.
Andreyeva and Chultsova join the ranks of journalists already prosecuted for their role in covering the ongoing political unrest in Belarus following the disputed presidential elections in August.
Lukashenko, in power for over 26 years, declared to the 2,700 delegates present on Thursday that they would be able to draft constitutional reforms. The opposition has branded it a sham.
“Under a dictatorship, there cannot be independent judges and courts," said disbarred lawyer Alexander Pylchenko. "Our country is not an exception."
Data shows Belarus was the most dangerous country in Europe for journalists in 2020.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said "it is currently impossible to ensure the welfare of teams, spectators and officials while holding a World Championship in Belarus."
The gala did not appear to take precautions against COVID-19.
Huge anti-Lukashenko protests have been held for months in Belarus, with little to show. Are demonstrators now changing tack?