Swedish public initiative Östgruppen and six other European human rights organizations issued a joint appeal to the Belarusian leadership. In their petition, they call upon the Belarusian authorities to respect freedom of association and do not prevent the registration of "Belarusian Christian Democracy".
Commenting on the situation of the right to freedom of association in Belarus, the Swedish defenders point out that it is strictly limited. According Östgruppen, «independent organizations are not registered, bringing to their friends gets a danger in prison."
As the head of the Swedish human rights initiatives Martin Corner, "The Belarusian authorities have developed a system that deliberately complicates public participation in the political and social process, and this is a direct violation of the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights." Martin Angle calls the actions of the Belarusian authorities' inadmissible because a human right the organization is one of the cornerstones of democracy. "
The appeal of the European human rights defenders noted that in the these days expected to decide on the registration of "Belarusian Christian Democracy". Prior to the unification was twice denied registration for political reasons, and some activists have been harassed by the regime.
The appeal says that the position of "Belarusian Christian Democracy" is not unique. In Lately refusal of registration received some other opposition groups. The same problem befell the large number of non-governmental organizations.