Volunteerism Development Center denied registration
The Ministry of Justice
refused to register the Volunteerism
because of “a number of incorrigible violations of the legal requirements”.
According to the ministry, one of such violations is that the question of the establishment of the Belarusian and the Swiss branches is not mentioned in the minutes of the constituent assembly and the sitting of the NGO’s Board.
Lawyer Volha Smalianka states that this decision is not grounded on any legal norms. “According to the Ruling of the Ministry of Justice On issues of execution and consideration of documents concerning the state registration of political parties, trade unions, other public associations, their unions (association), as well as the state registration and removal from the state register, registration and removal from the register of their organizational structures, if the registering agency finds that the applicant failed to file all necessary documents for receiving the state registration, the application is left pending and the applicant is given term for filing the lacking documents. However, the Ministry of Justice didn’t do it.”
Moreover, according to the organization charter, the establishment of the organization branches is beyond the powers of the general assembly.
Bear in mind that two weeks ago the head of the organizing committee of the NGO, Mikalai Kvantaliani, had made a public statement about the attempt of the KGB to recruit him. They promised that his organization would be registered if he agreed to collaborate with them and pay them 50,000 Euros a year. He was threatened with the non-registration of the Center and problems during foreign trips otherwise.
Nevertheless, Mikalai refused from this proposal. Last week he drove to Vilnius together with his family and friends. When they returned back, the display of the passport control computer flashed red while scanning his passport. As a result, the car was subject to a thorough examination. No explanations were offered.