FURTHER ACTIONS WITH REGARD TO REGISTRATION OR NON-REGISTRATION OF THE BCD WILL BE PLANNED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL
- It is not essential for our political partners within the country whether we are registered or not. It is not essential to the members of our party and the civic audience to which our activity is aimed to either. It is also not a crucial point for our political partners in the European Union whether we act as a political party or a civic committee. However, they reminded Belarusian authorities that they should register the BCD many times, - said Alaksiej Shein.
This demand was last declared in the resolution of the Congress of the European People’s Party, adopted recently in Bonne. The Co-Chairmen of the BCD Alaksiej Shein, Vital Rymasheuski and Heorhi Dzmitruk participated in the Congress.
The further destiny of the registration issue will be decided at the session of the National Council of the BCD which is scheduled on December 19, 2009.
The Co-Chairman of the BCD Vital Rymasheuski informed that another slander material aimed at discrediting the Belarusian Christian Democracy was shown on the Belarusian Television. According to Vital Rymasheuski, the directive board consider the recent events – pressure on the BCD members, slander in the press and on TV, fabrications from the side of the Ministry of Justice – as an attempt to force the BCD to self-destruct.
- It’s an unprecedented case. It never happened before – after taking the decision of non-registration the authorities continue to collect facts justifying this decision. The current situation shows that Lukashenka’s regime is aiming to violent suppression of the opposition. And they started from the most dangerous categories: the BCD and youth organizations.
Vital Rymasheuski also informed that the BCD started to make a list of people who are responsible for repressions against the BCD members.
- Each fact will be considered separately. We already have documentary confirmation of 200 actions of the authorities towards the BCD members, which we consider illegal – said Rymasheuski.
- Belarusian authorities think they cannot be punished. They conduct illegal actions shamelessly. This is because they do not have any grounds for non-registration of the BCD, - added Alaksiej Shein.
To the opinion of Alaksiej Shein, the authorities do not register the BCD due to 3 reasons. First, they try to intimidate people, because when people are afraid they are less active. Secondly, the authorities try to make the work of the BCD more complicated, including electoral campaigns, as it is impossible for an unregistered party to participate fully in the elections. And, thirdly, the authorities try to rise up the cost of the BCD in negotiations with different financial structures of the European Union.