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At least 1,032 people executed in 23 countries in 2016, Amnesty International Annual Report says

At least 1,032 people executed in 23 countries in 2016, Amnesty International Annual Report says

At least 1,032 people were executed in 23 countries in 2016. In 2015 Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide - a historical spike unmatched since 1989. Read more…

EU Statement on a death sentence in Belarus

EU Statement on a death sentence in Belarus

The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus has issued the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus. Read more…

Belarus: First death sentence in 2017

Belarus: First death sentence in 2017

Paris-Minsk. FIDH and its member organisation in Belarus Human Rights Centre "Viasna" denounce the first death sentence in 2017 and regret the Belarusian authorities continue to ignore calls to render Europe a death penalty-free zone. Read more…

Man sentenced to death in Naroŭlia

Man sentenced to death in Naroŭlia

The Homieĺ Regional Court pronounced today, March 17, a death sentence in the case of Aliaksei Mikhalenia, a 32-year-old resident of Naroŭlia. This is the first death sentence handed down in 2017. Read more…

Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today reiterated his call to abolish the death penalty as it raises serious issues in relation to the dignity and rights of all human beings, including the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Read more…

Libereco: no improvement in human rights situation one year after sanctions were lifted

Libereco: no improvement in human rights situation one year after sanctions were lifted

One year ago, on 15 February 2016, the EU Foreign Affairs Council decided to lift most of the sanctions against Belarus. This decision was preceded by a reduction in visible repression in Belarus since the summer of 2015, through the release of political prisoners and relatively peaceful presidential elections. Read more…

Meanwhile in Belarus… To put an end to death penalty in Europe

Meanwhile in Belarus… To put an end to death penalty in Europe

In 2017, Belarus is still the only country in Europe to apply death penalty. Aiming to denounce and bring this grim reality to public attention, FIDH publishes in social networks a video "Meanwhile in Belarus". Read more…

Report on the death penalty in Belarus presented at Council of Europe

Report on the death penalty in Belarus presented at Council of Europe

A delegation of human rights defenders representing the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and FIDH visited yesterday the Council of Europe to discuss the question of the death penalty and the overall situation of human rights in Belarus. Read more…

Human rights defenders: It is vital that Belarus remains on EU agenda

Human rights defenders: It is vital that Belarus remains on EU agenda

On February 7, a number of locations in Brussels hosted meetings of EU officials with the human rights defenders of Viasna, representatives of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, as well as and the mother of Uladzislau Kavaliou, who was executed in 2012. The key issue for the discussion was the death penalty in Belarus. Read more…

Issue of the death penalty in Belarus to be discussed in Brussels and Strasbourg

Issue of the death penalty in Belarus to be discussed in Brussels and Strasbourg

Representatives of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and FIDH are going to discuss the issue of the death penalty in Belarus during a visit to the EU structures and the Council of Europe scheduled for the next week. Read more…

Amnesty International urges Lukashenka to commute death sentence of Kiryl Kazachok

Amnesty International urges Lukashenka to commute death sentence of Kiryl Kazachok

"Kiryl Kazachok was sentenced to death by the Gomel Regional Court, in southeast Belarus, on 28 December. His was the fourth death sentence to be issued in Belarus in 2016," Amnesty International said on January 13. Read more…

EU calls on Belarus to join global moratorium on the death penalty

EU calls on Belarus to join global moratorium on the death penalty

"Yet another death sentence was handed down this week in Belarus, to Mr Kiryl Kazachok. This sentence, which follows the execution of four persons earlier this year, goes against the commitments made by Belarusian authorities to consider the introduction of a moratorium on the death penalty," EU External Action Service said in a statement. Read more…

Man in Mazyr sentenced to death

Man in Mazyr sentenced to death

Another death sentence has been handed down in Belarus. Kiryl Kazachok, 39, has been found guilty of murdering his two minor children and sentenced to capital punishment, BelaPAN said. Read more…

Overwhelming majority of states support universal moratorium on the death penalty. Belarus abstains

Overwhelming majority of states support universal moratorium on the death penalty. Belarus abstains

FIDH applauds the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution to establish a global moratorium on the death penalty, endorsed by an overwhelming majority on 19 December 2016. A record number of 117 States voted in favor of the text; 40 voted against it, and 31 abstained. Read more…

MP proposes to consider moratorium on the death penalty

MP proposes to consider moratorium on the death penalty

Alena Anisim, member of the House of Representatives, has proposed to consider the question of declaring a moratorium on the death penalty at the second session of the parliament’s lower chamber of the sixth convocation, which will open in early April 2017, naviny.by said. Read more…

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