CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS OF MOLDOVA ADDRESS TO THE BELARUSIAN AUTHORITIES WITH AN APPEAL TO REGISTER THE BCD
To the President and the Government of Belarus
The party “Belarusian Christian Democracy” (BCD) conducted 2 founding congresses in the year 2009 – on February 28 and October 31. After both congresses the BCD filed the documents necessary for registration of a political party, including personal data and signatures of 1051 founders, to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus. Both cases were followed by mass repressions of the authorities against the founders of the party – the BCD members were fired from their jobs, expelled from universities, dozens of people were called by the phone and threatened that they would be fired or lose their housing, or were intimidated by the Belarusian KGB.
In April 2009, after the first founding congress of the BCD, the Ministry of Justice refused to register the party. The BCD filed a claim on this decision to the Supreme Court, but the Court was on the Ministry of Justice’s side.
Now repressions against the BCD founders continue in Minsk, Grodna, Brest, Vitsebsk, Babrujsk, Baranavichy, Byhau, Kalinkavichy, and Garadok. More than 65 cases of pressure on the BCD founders were fixed, however, only 6 people called off their signatures because of the authorities’ pressure. Thus, Belarusians proved they needed Christian democracy.
We, the People’s Christian Democratic party of Moldova, hereby declare our solidarity with the Christian democrats of Belarus and address to the Belarusian state authorities with an appeal to respect the right for freedom of associations and provide the BCD with a requested legal status. We also stress the attention of the Belarusian government that the Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus, which prescribes punishment in the form of imprisonment up to 2 years for activity on behalf of unregistered associations, religious organizations or foundations, breaks the fundamental human rights and should be abolished.
Chairman of the People’s Christian Democratic Party of Moldova