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Viasna to join World Coalition against the Death Penalty

Viasna to join World Coalition against the Death Penalty

Joining forces with supporters of the global abolitionist movement is another step of the Belarusian human rights defenders towards ending the death penalty in the country. At the same time, Belarus is marked on the world map as a place where death sentences are often imposed on representatives of the most vulnerable groups. Read more…

Kitchen TV: The issue of the death penalty in the US

Kitchen TV: The issue of the death penalty in the US

The issue of the death penalty in the United States is of particular interest for the Belarusian human rights defenders, since the US is often cited as an argument for the retention of the death penalty in Belarus. Read more…

"Pencil and Eraser" - a new look at the death penalty (video)

"Pencil and Eraser" is a new animated film, produced by volunteers of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”, which continues the series of the short and vivid clips of the human rights collection, including “Executor” and “Queue”. Read more…

Premiere of film “Six Arguments against Death Penalty” held in Vilnius (videos)

Premiere of film “Six Arguments against Death Penalty” held in Vilnius (videos)

Premiere of the film cycle "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty" was held October 7 during the discussion "Murder on Verdict" in the Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius. The event, which is held within the Week against the Death Penalty, was organized by the Belarusian Human Rights House named after Barys Zvoskau and the international non-governmental organization Freedom House. Read more…

Sixth argument against death penalty - inefficiency in crime prevention

Sixth argument against death penalty - inefficiency in crime prevention

Another film by the producer Viktar Tratsiakou, belonging to the series "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty", tells about the ineffectiveness of the death penalty in preventing crime. Read more…

Torture of death convict’s relatives: Fifth argument against the death penalty (video)

Torture of death convict’s relatives: Fifth argument against the death penalty (video)

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has repeatedly said that the procedure of executing death verdicts in Belarus has signs of torture and inhuman treatment, both in relation to the executed person and his relatives. Read more…

Kitchen TV: Experience of Great Britain on the way to the full abolition of the death penalty

Kitchen TV: Experience of Great Britain on the way to the full abolition of the death penalty

Belarusian state continues retaining and performing death penalty, remaining the only country on the post-Soviet space and in Europe where the death penalty is still used. At the same time, 50 years has passed since the last death execution in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Read more…

Join “Cities for Life - Cities Against the Death Penalty” campaign on November 30 (VIDEO)

Join “Cities for Life - Cities Against the Death Penalty” campaign on November 30 (VIDEO)

The campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus” urges everyone to join the initiative “Cities for Life - Cities Against the Death Penalty”, which will take place on November 30. Read more…

International human rights defenders: Belarusian dictator openly supports the death penalty: the only hope is for the civil society (videos)

International human rights defenders: Belarusian dictator openly supports the death penalty: the only hope is for the civil society (videos)

Chairperson of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty Florence Bellivier and FIDH President Karime Lahidji video addresses on the occasion of the Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus. Read more…

Andrei Paluda: “Just think for a moment, how does the killing of a killer take place?!”

Andrei Paluda: “Just think for a moment, how does the killing of a killer take place?!”

In Belarus, the Week against the Death Penalty is held for the second year already. The main message of this year's Week is "Death penalty is murder". The week against the death penalty will be accompanied by very expressive images of the performers of the death penalty and the victim. Read more…

Human rights activists announce a Week Against the Death Penalty in Belarus

Human rights activists announce a Week Against the Death Penalty in Belarus

Various human rights activities will be held from 5 to 10 October under the slogan "The death penalty is murder". The events will be attended by honorary foreign visitors, ambassadors, famous creative people, relatives of executed convicts shot and sentenced to death, advocates and activists of the abolitionist movement in Belarus. Read more…

Death penalty: “prison drawings” inspired by executor's narration (video)

Death penalty: “prison drawings” inspired by executor's narration (video)

How is a shooting done? This is known only to the victims and executioners. However, the former ones won't tell anyone about it. Read more…

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “In 1996, when a referendum was held, there was no life imprisonment in Belarus”

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “In 1996, when a referendum was held, there was no life imprisonment in Belarus”

Why does Belarus retain such a means of punishment as the death penalty? Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich believes that the cause must be sought in the Soviet past. In the USSR, the death penalty was used for a wide range of crimes. Read more…

The Last Dawn: Belarusian musicians against the death penalty (video)

The Last Dawn: Belarusian musicians against the death penalty (video)

The Minsk-based Graffiti club hosted yesterday the presentation of the project of Belarusian musicians called Aposhni Zolak (“The Last Dawn”). In this way, a number of famous musicians, among them Hanna Khitryk, Aliaksandr Pamidorau, Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich, Anastasia Shpakouskaya, Viktar Rudenka, Liavon Volski, spoke against the death penalty. Last year they had a big concert in Bialystok, and Belarusian fans were able to watch it online. Read more…

Former Parliament Speaker Mechyslau Hryb: 13 people were convicted and one executed for crimes committed by maniac Mikhasevich (video)

Former Parliament Speaker Mechyslau Hryb: 13 people were convicted and one executed for crimes committed by maniac Mikhasevich (video)

During the filming of “Cause of Death – “, activists of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty” met with public and political figure, Honored Lawyer of Belarus Mechyslau Hryb. Read more…

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