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 17 495

Name Country Date of fill
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
Jihadi Roland Nanjing, China(people's republic of china) 14.02.2021
Березинский Сергей Минск, 12.02.1975 08.02.2021
Татьяна Федосенко-Бекер Гомель, Беларусь 08.02.2021
Елена Невинская Минск, Беларусь 02.02.2021
Юлия Левченко Мiнск, Беларусь 01.02.2021
Екатерина Жигунова Минск, Беларусь 29.01.2021
AHHN P. V. 29.01.2021
Аксана Стрынкевич Минск, Беларус 29.01.2021
Алексей Леконцев Минск, BY 28.01.2021
Вольга Белякова Минск, Беларусь 28.01.2021
Анна Мелихан Минск, Беларусь 28.01.2021
Вероника Подгол Минск, Беларусь 28.01.2021
Margareta Krook Stockholm, Sweden 28.01.2021
Кацярына Андрыеўская Мінск, Беларусь 28.01.2021
Светлана Стехнович Осиповичи, Беларусь 27.01.2021
Маргарита Беганская Минск, Беларусь 27.01.2021
Аляксей Раманаў Мінск, Беларусь 26.01.2021
Николай Шруб Брест, Беларусь 25.01.2021
Ала Чаплінская Мядзел, Беларусь 24.01.2021
Анастасия Лазовская Минск, Беларусь 24.01.2021
Александр Подошевко Мозырь, Беларусь 22.01.2021
Нина Маргаева Минск, Республика Беларусь 22.01.2021
Светлана Мороз Минск, Беларусь 22.01.2021
Ольга Щербина Минск, Беларусь 22.01.2021
Татьяна Савицкая Минск, Беларусь 22.01.2021
Наталья Николаевна Минск, Беларусь 21.01.2021
Генадзь Кеснер Мiнск, Беларусь 21.01.2021
Дмитрий Гринцевич Минск, Беларусь 20.01.2021
Вiталь Iвончык Жодзiна, Беларусь 19.01.2021
Наталля Голава Барысаў, Беларусь 19.01.2021
Кацярына Русаковiч Мiнск, Беларусь 19.01.2021
P. T. 16.01.2021
Лiна Барысевiч Берёза, Беларусь 15.01.2021
Леонид Нечай Минск, Беларусь 13.01.2021
Ходырева Александра Минск, Беларусь 11.01.2021
bella bell tucson, united States 10.01.2021
Petr Pushkarou Minsk, Belarus 05.01.2021
Валянціна Аксененко Гомель, Беларусь 30.12.2020
Alexandre Nivelle Arras, France 30.12.2020
Christer Penton Linköping, Sweden 23.12.2020
Ольга Приходько Баден-Баден, Германия 13.12.2020
Karin Linder Uppdala, Sweden 13.12.2020
Simone Habereder 10.12.2020
Annette Krengel Aumühle, Deutschland 10.12.2020
Stella Albrecht Frankfurt, Germany 08.12.2020
Christiane Clasen 07.12.2020
Bartosz Puczyński Gdańsk, Polska 05.12.2020
Вольга Сядро Старобін, Беларусь 05.12.2020
Полина Ускова Москва, Россия 02.12.2020
matthias koller Köflach, Österreich 01.12.2020
Дмитрий Судник Столбцы, Беларусь 29.11.2020
Мария Варсанофьева Санкт-Петербург, Россия 25.11.2020
Александр Баранец Кострома, Россия 25.11.2020
Jurg Siegfried Kloten, Switzerland 23.11.2020
Вячеслав Пунгин Минск, Республика Беларусь 23.11.2020
Bernhard Emanuel Mueller 5400, Schweiz 23.11.2020
Zeno Dolezal Reitnau, Switzerland 23.11.2020
Александр Сильченко Киев, Украина 19.11.2020
Марина владыко Минск, Беларусь 17.11.2020
Yvonne Schäfer 17.11.2020
Александр Миршиёв Шеффилд, Великобритания 17.11.2020
Валерыя Курыловіч Мінск, Беларусь 14.11.2020
Wanda Koza Biskupiec, Polska 11.11.2020

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