Belarusian Ministry of Justice submits data of BCD founders to prosecutor’s offices and local state authorities
The founders of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party are being intimidated by state authorities Mahileu and Vitsebsk regions.
As the BCD regional coordinator for Mahileu region, Mrs. Taisia Kabanchuk, reported on 6 August 2015 the executive committee of Klichau district had summoned several founders of the party to interrogations about their signatures on BCD legal registration documents. The people were threatened with employment problems for them and members of their families. The authorities chose the ones who put their signatures to register BCD for the first time; they didn’t approach stable members of the party.
In Vitsebsk region, Verkhniadzvinsk district, the founders of the BCD were summoned to the local prosecutor’s office as reported local party leader Mr. Siarhei Vasilieu on 8 August. The officials demanded that BCD members should sign for calling back their signatures for the party registration. The people, who experience such pressure for the first time, are deeply shocked.
As BCD co-chairman, Pavel Sieviarynets, says: “The state once again violated its own laws and harassed its citizens, who want to build a democratic society based on Christian Democratic values. We see that during “elections” campaign our party is stopped from legal registration with the help of criminal methods.”
The reply of the Ministry of Justice to the application of the BCD is due on 13 August 2014.