2010 01/02
Зьміцер Дашкевіч, Менск

Zmitser Dashkevich, Мiеnsk

On 30 January a Constituent Congress of the youth organization “Young Front” was held in the Minsk headquarters of BNF.

Delegates from all regions of Belarus arrived to the congress. According to BelaPAN, the head of the “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich reminded that the organizers of the Congress requested an accommodation for the congress to more than a dozen public and cultural institutions.

“However, all institutions refused to provide accommodation. The reasons for refusals are usual: either a premise has already occupied, or it is under repair. And the International Educational Center (IBB) in Minsk refused to provide accommodation because one of the founders of this institution – Minsk City Executive Committee – did not give the consent for the premises,” – said Dashkevich.

Zmitser Dashkevich noted that he has no illusions concerning the possibility to register the organization.

“In 2006 and 2007, we made several attempts to register the organization. And that takes the main argument of the authorities, namely, as if we do not want to register. I can not fail to note that the authorities refuse to register the “Young Front” on the trumped-up reasons. If in the case of Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) there were at least some formal links to the legal grounds, then in our case there is not even such a formality. For example, in response to an attempt to register in 2007, we were told that our organization has many persons convicted for the activities on behalf of an unregistered organization. That is, we were condemned for the activities of an unregistered organization, and on that basis we were refused to register. This is absurd. So now, it’s just another attempt to register. We demonstrate once again the absurdity of the Belarusian society to the international community”, – said Dashkevich.

This is the sixth attempt to register the “Young Front” in Belarus since 2000. Officially, the organization is registered in the Czech Republic as an international youth association.

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