Capital punishment in Belarus, analytics, Petition against the Death Penalty in Belarus

Belarus is the last country in Europe and former Soviet Union that is still carrying out the death penalty. Amnesty International, Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, Belarusian Helsinki Committee and other human rights defenders in Belarus oppose the death penalty in all cases without exception. The death penalty is a violation of the right to life, guaranteed by the Constitution of Belarus and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nothing can justify the purposeful and ruthless taking of a human life by State.

The death penalty is a destructive and divisive public policy that has been shown to have no special deterrent effect on crime. It distracts from effective measures being taken against criminality through promoting simplistic responses to complex human problems. It denies the possibility of rehabilitation and reconciliation. It prolongs the suffering of the murder victim’s family, and extends that suffering to the relatives of the condemned prisoner. Amnesty International, Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, Belarusian Helsinki Committee does not seek to belittle the suffering of the families of murder victims, and recognizes and endorses a government’s duty to protect the rights of all people under its jurisdiction. However, executions are a symptom of a culture of violence rather than a solution to it. By executing a person the state commits a premeditated killing and shows a similar readiness to use physical violence as the criminal.

In Belarus the use of the death penalty is compounded by a flawed criminal justice system that administers capital punishment in a manner that violates international laws and standards pertaining to the death penalty. There is credible evidence that torture and ill-treatment are used to extract “confessions”; condemned prisoners may not have access to effective appeal mechanisms; and the inherently cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty is compounded for death row prisoners and their relatives by the secrecy surrounding the death penalty. Neither prisoners nor their families are told the execution date in advance and prisoners must live with the fear that every time their cell door opens they may be taken for execution.

We call on the President and Parliament of Belarus to immediately declare a moratorium on death sentences and executions as a first step towards full abolition of the death penalty.

The number of signatories 17 461

Name Country Date of fill
KARCHEN STOURDZE Lionèle Saint Maurice, France 19.08.2022
Володимир Ольшаний Київ, Україна 23.07.2022
Astrid SAIH LYON 05, France 12.07.2022
Honey Lace Angus Ontario, Canada 06.07.2022
Dorian Goraj Hamburg, Germany 25.06.2022
Holger Peters 17179 Gnoien, Deutschland 29.05.2022
Alena Vasilyeva Dublin, Ireland 07.05.2022
Dmitry T Dublin, Ireland 07.05.2022
Katsiaryna Beniash Minsk, Belarus 06.05.2022
Pavel Mialko 06.05.2022
Ксения Минич Минск, Беларусь 06.05.2022
Anna Kuks 06.05.2022
Vitaly Zubialevich Cork, Ireland 06.05.2022
Liudmila Kim Drogheda, Ireland 05.05.2022
Ina Hrkovic London, United Kingdom 03.05.2022
Сергей Другаков Aboyne, United Kingdom 01.05.2022
Елена Колесова Минск, Беларусь 30.04.2022
Мікіта Крыўцоў Вілейка, Беларусь 17.04.2022
Laura Mahan Barre, Vermont 05641, USA 15.03.2022
Carol Paterson Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom 15.02.2022
Hilde Skjerping Dahl Stavanger, Norway 14.02.2022
Lidi Nieboer Haren, Netherlands 08.01.2022
MAIA ST0RM Kalamazoo, United States 31.12.2021
Guénon Frédéric Paris, France 21.12.2021
Mariana Pinheiro Lisbon, Portugal 19.12.2021
Judith Eckert Mannheim, Germany 08.12.2021
Bente Fridtjofsen BODØ, norway 06.12.2021
Dominique Flandin-Granget Le Versoud, France 03.12.2021
Thomas Sefranek Roth, Germany 02.12.2021
Majen Bjerke Oslo, Norway 30.11.2021
Dim Newman 24.11.2021
Patrick Scroggin Essen, Germany 22.11.2021
Siw Ingeborg Christensen Lynne Vøyenenga, Norge 20.11.2021
Nils Herland OSLO, Norge 20.11.2021
Sofia Matos Péry, Suisse 20.11.2021
Rolv Lea Høvik, Norge 20.11.2021
Siv Bråthen 20.11.2021
Vigdis Olsen Oslo, Norge 20.11.2021
Мария Врублевская Минск, Беларусь 15.11.2021
кроссовки на голую ногу Минск, Беларусь 17.10.2021
Олексій Хівріч Київ, Україна 15.10.2021
Людміла Ульчыц Мінск, Беларусь 15.10.2021
Сяргей Сувораў Вроцлаў, Польшча 15.10.2021
Gerhard Richter Luebeck, Germany 03.10.2021
Валерия Дегтярева Санкт-Петербург, Россия 09.09.2021
Sudabe Morassaee Mashhad, Iran 23.08.2021
Кацярына Хадыка 21.08.2021
Галина Шибут МОЗЫРЬ, БЕЛАРУСЬ 10.08.2021
Fédora Bernard 09.08.2021
Kuhl Friedhelm Hagen, Deutschland 08.08.2021
Avril Catherine Vannes, France 02.08.2021
Carsten Hartmann 02.08.2021
Ingrid Glasner-Schapeler Detmold, Germany 01.08.2021
Julia Leżanko Olsztyn, Polska 01.08.2021
Richard Mcsorley London, Uk 01.08.2021
Carmen Cappelmi Napoli, Italia 01.07.2021
Полина Губернаторова Подмосковье, Россия 24.06.2021
Rebecca Ågren Halmstad, Sweden 24.06.2021
Александр Колтунов Санкт-Петербург, Россия 24.06.2021
Дарья Масленникова Копенгаген, Дания 10.06.2021
Ольга Высоцкая Минск, Беларусь 07.06.2021
Vuillemin bénédicte nancray 25360, france 02.06.2021
Анастасия Овчарова Минск, Беларусь 29.05.2021
Георгий Барщик Хабаровск, Россия 28.05.2021
Barbara Domzal-Karpowicz Cambridge, United Kingdom 27.05.2021
Маргарита Борисова Выборг, Россия 26.05.2021
Andrei Miu Constanta, Romania 26.05.2021
Kseniya Shynko Гродно, Беларусь 25.05.2021
Dorien van Veelen Virum, Denmark 24.05.2021
Gary Peters Peters East Liverpool, United States 24.05.2021
Юрий Ничипорук Брест, Беларусь 20.05.2021
Giroux Anne Pleumerur-Bodou, France 08.05.2021
Светлана Соловей Минск, Беларусь 07.05.2021
Игорь Пашек Минск, Беларусь 06.05.2021
Тодар Лахвіч Мінск, Беларусь 05.05.2021
Паліна Шымковіч Астравец, Беларусь 04.05.2021
Siarhei Tarasevich Volkovysk, Belarus 04.05.2021
Verplanken Claudine Treilles, France 01.05.2021
Таццяна Хамчэнка Мінск, Беларусь 30.04.2021
Natalie Whitham Accrington, United Kingdom 23.04.2021
Svetlana Kevorkian Vitebsk, Belarus 18.04.2021
Елена Харковец Минск, Беларусь 15.04.2021
Alena Vinitskaya Thisted, Danmark 14.04.2021
Константин Фёдоров Жодино, Беларусь 08.04.2021
Людмила Иосифовна Минск, Беларусь 05.04.2021
Harald Schmidt Wiesbaden, Deutschland 22.03.2021
Маргарыта Хмурэц Минск, Беларусь 12.03.2021
Vito Tatti Düsseldorf, Deutschland 11.03.2021
Tilde Karlsson Göteborg, Sweden 06.03.2021
Zoe Schreiber Berlin, Germany 05.03.2021
Luis Matos Porto, Portugal 03.03.2021
Emily Kennedy Fairbanks, United States of America 28.02.2021
Екатерина Долэжелова Минск, Беларусь 25.02.2021
Наталья Древило Мозырь, Беларусь 25.02.2021
Brianna Long GODDARD, USA 19.02.2021
Kim Amankwaa Amsterdam, The Netherlands 18.02.2021
Célinne Bodinger Den Hauge, Netherlands 17.02.2021
Елена Иванова Москва, Россия 16.02.2021
Оксана Савчук Брест, Беларусь 15.02.2021
Lhomme Morgan Paris, France 14.02.2021

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