Parliamentary Assembly session : 23 – 27 September 2002 

Growing repression in Belarus – Lukashenko under fire

[26 SEP 2002] Wolfgang Behrendt , leader of the German delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly and Rapporteur on Belarus, is fiercely critical of the way in which President Alexander Lukashenko and his regime are stamping on freedom of the press. He is indignant at the prison sentences passed on journalists and the banning of independent papers.