Belarusian Christian Democracy Party: legal registration process is suspended by Mo
On 23 February 2018 Belarusian Ministry of Justice has informed the leaders of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party that it suspends the process of considering the application for legal registration of the party.
No particular reason was named for such a decision, however, MoJ demanded the BCD to provide additional documents, which are not mentioned in the law on registration of political parties, such as minutes of all meetings of the party founders. Although such demands contradict the law and giving internal information to the Belarusian governmental structures has proved to be insecure, the BCD will fulfill the requirements of the Ministry.
The BCD informs its partners and the international community that the Belarusian authorities have started the campaign of intimidation of the BCD founders. In Brest, Minsk and Vitsebsk regions the party members have received phone calls from ideology departments of regional administrative councils or from their employers. The officials have intimidated Christian Democrats in order to make them to revoke their signatures from the party founders list. Nothing has changed in the tactics of the Lukashenka’s regime.
Pressure is also being exercised on the persons, who participated in the local elections 2018 on behalf of BCD. Thus, former candidate for local deputy from Maladziechna (Minsk region), Raman Hancharou has been called to the police for the reason of holding election pickets. Raman was informed that the police have started and administrative process against him.
The BCD considers such actions of the authorities as outrageous and calls on its international partners and sister parties to take actions of solidarity.