The Belarus saga exposes the hollowness of the west's support for human rights and democracy

Neil Clark
Monday March 27, 2006
The Guardian

When is an election not considered free and fair by the west? Answer: when it delivers victory to a government that rejects neoliberal orthodoxy and refuses to orientate its foreign policy towards Washington or Brussels. There is no other conclusion one can come to after both the US and the EU announced swingeing sanctions on Belarus after the re-election of President Lukashenko.