Yury Chavusau: ‘Developments in Belarus haven’t reached even the level of 2003, when ‘Viasna’ was liquidated’
Political scientist Yury Chavusau made a comment on the decision of the Supreme Court, by which the appeal against the non-registration of the civil human rights association Nasna Viasna was turned down. He is sure that ‘this verdict witnesses only that the real developments in Belarus haven’t reached the level at which Nasha Viasna could be registered’.
As far as Human Rights Center Viasna was liquidated in 2003, it can be said that the civil and political situation hasn’t been improved even to the level of 2003 and the pressurization of NGOs that persisted throughout 2004, 2005 and 2006 still goes on. The numerous registration denials, observed in 2009 witness that the registration of the For Freedom movement was a one-time politically motivated decision, not a sign of reforms.
Thus, the Belarusian government hasn’t made anything for a sufficient change. What is left to us is just to hope for the political wisdom of the deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, as the Belarusian side has nothing to boast of on any of the PACE proposals made to it. Even the previous six-month test period, declared by the EU, had some moments that were implemented by the Belarusian regime. Now we don’t see even this. Belarus is doing less and less to meet the conditions of the proposals, made by the Europeans. The only remaining question is to which level the Parliamentary Council of Europe will be of principle.