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 16 422

Name Country Date of fill
Ax'l Haar Schweiß, Achselland 15.05.2017
Emil Emilsen Emilstadt, Emiland 15.05.2017
Francis Bite minsk, belarus 15.05.2017
Евгений Рубашко Минск, Беларусь 11.05.2017
Human Being 27.04.2017
Полина Синёва Минск, Беларусь 25.04.2017
Ксения Войтеховская Минск, Беларусь 25.04.2017
Денис Лабус Брест, Беларусь 22.04.2017
Minte Habtie Ghent, Belgium 21.04.2017
Ангелина Герус Минск, Беларусь 15.04.2017
Ольга Чуева Ялта, Украина 14.04.2017
Ксения Щерба Киев, Украина 13.04.2017
Lizaveta Zhuk Minsk, Belarus 10.04.2017
Саша Жувокский Пятница, Беларусь 10.04.2017
Алина Кривошеева Гвоздово, Беларусь 09.04.2017
Артур Миронов Горяны, Беларусь 08.04.2017
Мария Дема Минск, Беларусь 07.04.2017
Александер Зарубов Сенно, Беларусь 05.04.2017
Алексей Корельский Архангельск, Россия 05.04.2017
Валя Смирнова Гродно, Беларусь 04.04.2017
Лада Шашкунова Солигорск, Беларусь 03.04.2017
Даниил Богданович Минск, Беларусь 02.04.2017
Ваня Лобов Новополоцк, Беларусь 01.04.2017
Игнат Славский Гомель, Беларусь 30.03.2017
Данил Таратута Таганрог, Россия 27.03.2017
Денис Кобелев Саянск, Россия 27.03.2017
Alexander Gatter Gatter Lake Oswego, United States 23.03.2017
Valéry Pratt Annecy, France 22.03.2017
Михаил Мазо Москва, Россия 20.03.2017
Викторчик Андрей д.Новая, Беларусь 20.03.2017
Диана Чернюк Minsk, Беларусь 19.03.2017
Никита Голубев Минск, Белорусь 19.03.2017
Vera Semkina 19.03.2017
David Schastlivykh Moscow, Russia 19.03.2017
Ашчэпкаў Міхаіл Наваполацк, Беларусь 19.03.2017
Артур Гур Вилейка, Беларусь 19.03.2017
Артур Шелехов Москва, Россия 19.03.2017
Ярослав Головин Москва, Россия 18.03.2017
Яна Чернова Минск, Беларусь 18.03.2017
Ирина Гоголева Могилёв, Беларусь 18.03.2017
Кирилл Швыдкин Витебск, Беларусь 17.03.2017
Анна Дарого 17.03.2017
Кирилл Белевич Ивацевичи, Беларусь 16.03.2017
erhan karaca karaca izmir, Türkiye 16.03.2017
Евгения Санина Минсу, Беларусь 16.03.2017
Анастасия Шматова Минск, Беларусь 15.03.2017
Никита Витин 15.03.2017
Павел Машкарёв Минск, Беларусь 13.03.2017
Veronika Kadajevska KALNCIEMS, Latvia 12.03.2017
Инна Власова Витебск, Беларусь 12.03.2017
Маргарита Пытлевич Гродно, Беларусь 11.03.2017
Марина Дадеко Минск, Беларусь 11.03.2017
Женя Сурконт Лида, Беларусь 11.03.2017
Артём Самусёнок Полоцк, Беларусь 11.03.2017
Pantiru Andreea Bucharest, România 10.03.2017
Françoise Lazennec Guichen, France 08.03.2017
Arianne Rainville Montréal, Canada 08.03.2017
Busch Tobias Cuxhaven, Germany 07.03.2017
Gauguery Patricia Paris, France 06.03.2017
Никита Белько Минск, Беларусь 06.03.2017
Ennaifer Rachida Tunis, Tunisie 06.03.2017
Belhassen Souhayr La Marsa 2070, Tunisie 06.03.2017
Антон Малюга Дрогичин, Беларусь 04.03.2017
Maurice Zylberberg Chamalières, France 03.03.2017
Алина Самойлюк Брест, Республика Беларусь 03.03.2017
Julia Velich Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany 03.03.2017
Ben Palmer Palmer Orpington, United Kingdom 03.03.2017
Minot Maïté Warszawa, Polska 02.03.2017
Елена Жарко Кобрин, Беларусь 01.03.2017
Полина Захаренко Минск, Беларуь 01.03.2017
Douaire Madeleine Rennes, France 28.02.2017
Александр Филипенко Минск, Беларусь 28.02.2017
Андрей Импульс Минск, Беларусь 27.02.2017
Armin Abdehou Vienna, Austria 26.02.2017
Duhamel Brigitte Douai, France 26.02.2017
Joshua Arnejo Quezon City, Philippines 26.02.2017
martine roussel roussel Clermont-Ferrand, France 26.02.2017
Christine Thalabar Paris, France 25.02.2017
Цобан Михаил Бобруйск, Беларусь 25.02.2017
Clément Troffiguer Limoges, France 24.02.2017
Елена Василькова Минск, Беларусь 24.02.2017
Дмитрий Васильков Минск, Беларусь 24.02.2017
Schoenacker Rossi Isabelle Montauban, France 24.02.2017
Светлана Стальмахова д.Хатежино, Минский район, Беларусь 24.02.2017
Павел Чёрный Минск, Беларусь 24.02.2017
Stritmatter Hélène Mulhouse, France 23.02.2017
Danièle Augé Augé Paris, France 23.02.2017
Юрий Пучко Гродно, Беларусь 23.02.2017
Вячеслав Аркатов Бобруйск, Беларусь 23.02.2017
Sonya Thomas Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 23.02.2017
atlanov vassili Paris, France 22.02.2017
Ferragu Henri Paris, France 22.02.2017
SICSIC Michelle Corbeil-Essonnes, France 22.02.2017
SINNASSAMY Sophie Paris, France 22.02.2017
Глеб Жигунов Vitebsk, Беларусь 22.02.2017
Sylvie Duplat Bordeaux, France 22.02.2017
Veillard Emile Rennes, France 21.02.2017
Maksim Rudkouskij Grodno, Belarus 21.02.2017

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