JACEK PROTASIEWICZ APPEALS TO BELARUSIAN AUTHORITIES WITH A REQUEST TO REGISTER THE BCD
Protasiewicz reminded that the BCD held two Founding Conventions – 28 February and 31 October 2009.
After both events the BCD submitted the documents required for the state registration of a political party to the Ministry of Justice.
"Mass repressions against the founders of the party started in both cases shortly after the documents were submitted - dismissals from the jobs, expels from the universities, phone calls threats to be either dismissed or deprived of their place of living, intimidations by the Belarusian KGB", —says the statement.
According to the information known by Protasiewicz, after the second founding congress "the repressions on the BCD members were intensified in particular in Minsk, Brest, Grodna, Vitebsk, Babrujsk, Baranavichy, Bykhau, Kalinkavichy, Haradok."
"More than 40 people were contacted and pressed to abstain of their political activities; only 6 people decided to withdraw their signatures as BCD founders because of the pressure by the authorities", — stated the European Parliament deputy.
Protasiewicz requested that Belarusian authorities should "keep up to their declarations and to introduce the actual reforms in the areas highlighted in several EU documents" and abolish the Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code which provides for criminal charges being imposed on those who are involved in the activities of unregistered associations, religious organisations or funds, - stated Protasiewicz.
“Herewith I declare my solidarity with the Christian Democrats of Belarus and call upon the Belarusian state authorities to ensure the right of freedom of assembly in Belarus and in this context to allow the registration of the BCD. I underline that the article 193.1 of the Belarusian
Criminal Code, which provides for criminal charges being imposed on those who are involved in the activities of unregistered associations, religious organisations or funds, violates the basic human rights and needs to be abolished.”.