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Belarusian Supreme Court Upholds Decision Not To Register Opposition Group


The Young Democrats is a youth wing of the opposition United Civic Party. (file photo)

The Young Democrats is a youth wing of the opposition United Civic Party. (file photo)

MINSK -- The Supreme Court of Belarus has upheld the Justice Ministry's decision not to officially register an opposition group.

Representatives of the Young Democrats political group told journalists that they lost their appeal on August 21.

The Young Democrats is a youth wing of the opposition United Civic Party (AHP).

The Justice Ministry refused to register the group in June, saying its registration documents contained mistakes.

The AHP was established and officially registered in 1995.

Its members take part in elections, but do not have a single seat in the parliament.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has been running the country since 1994, has been criticized by domestic and international rights organization for his authoritarian rule.


With reporting by BelaPAN
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