Belarusian Christian Democracy loses registration denial appeal


The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down the Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD)’s appeal against registration denial, upholding the justice ministry’s earlier decision.

Judge Valery Samalyuk found that the party’s February 28 founding conference had been marred by irregularities and accepted the ministry’s claim that the BCD had provided false information about the event’s attendance in its application for registration.

In addition, the judge said that the list of the party’s founders included a Russian citizen. Political parties are banned from recruiting foreigners by Belarusian regulations.

He also “took into account” that the party’s founders had transferred a registration fee to the wrong account.

The judge dismissed testimony by witnesses called by the BCD as “unrelated to the case.”

In an interview with BelaPAN, BCD co-founder Alyaksey Shein described the ruling as politically motivated and said that the party would carry on its activities irrespective of its legal status.

Dzyanis Sadowski, secretary of the BCD organizing committee, said that the party would hold a new founding conference to make another try to obtain state registration.

The justice ministry denied state registration to the BCD party on April 15 but suspended the decision two days later, saying that it needed “to study additional information.” On May 12, it issued the final decision to deny the legal status to the party. The BCD’s founding conference was marred by numerous violations of an irremediable nature, it claimed. //BelaPAN