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Belarus to abolish death penalty in September?

Belarus to abolish death penalty in September?

Belarus might introduce a moratorium on the death penalty in September. Garry Pahaniaila, a lawyer from the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, reckons it will be the most conducive time. He said: “September, because PACE and European structures in autumn will decide on whether to extend or lift sanctions against Belarus officials. It is also possible that a special-guest status would be returned to Belarus. Therefore, our authorities would like to meet some recommendations voiced by PACE and several EU officials. September is a good time to express "good will" and demonstrate Belarus' desire to implement the recommnedations of the international community". Czytaj więcej…

Amnesty International launches new campaign against death penalty in Belarus

Amnesty International launches new campaign against death penalty in Belarus

The Amnesty International human rights group has launched a new campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus. The group proposes to send letters to the head of Belarus, urging to replace the death penalty sentences to Vasil Yuzepchuk and Andrei Zhyk with imprisonment and to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty. The Belapan news agency reminds that Vasil Yuzepchuk, 30, a resident of the Drahichyn district, in Jume 2009 was sentenced to capital punishment for killing several female pensioners. 25-year-old Zhuk from Salihorsk was sentenced to death for murdering two people who were carrying money to be paid as salaries. Czytaj więcej…

Brest: action against death penalty

Brest: action against death penalty

On 10 August in Brest members of Young Front held an action for the abolition of death penalty in Belarus. The activists held out leaflets of Amnesty International in Savetskaya Street in the center of the city. Czytaj więcej…

EU condemns new death sentence in Belarus

EU condemns new death sentence in Belarus

The representation of the European Commission has disseminated a statement on that on 3 August. Czytaj więcej…

Authorities responded to PACE – another death sentence delivered

Authorities responded to PACE – another death sentence delivered

The Court of the Minsk region sentenced killers of two officers of Bolshevik-Agro company in the Minsk region to death and life imprisonment. “Two dwellers of Salihorsk, found guilty of murder of two officers of the company, were sentenced to death and life imprisonment,” Interfax learnt from the prosecutor’s office of the Minsk region. According to a source of the agency, another accused in this case got 13 years in prison, he was found guilty of aiding killing. The prosecutor’s office noted the court found “two people guilty of killing 2 persons committed by a group of people for selfish motives.” Czytaj więcej…

Belarus defies Council of Europe call for a moratorium

Belarus defies Council of Europe call for a moratorium

The authorities in Belarus continue to ignore international pressure on them to declare a moratorium on the death penalty, Amnesty International and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, said today. The two organizations have just learnt that the Brest regional court sentenced a 30-year-old man to death on 29 June. The sentence was pronounced less than a week after the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly voted on 23 June in favour of restoring the Special Guest status to the Parliament of Belarus on the condition that Belarus declares a moratorium on the execution of the death penalty. Czytaj więcej…

Amnesty International and Belarusian Helsinki Committee adopted joint statement concerning new death sentenced in Belarus

‘The Belarusian authorities continue to ignore international pressure on them to declare a moratorium on the death penalty’, RFE/RL quotes a press release of Amnesty International. Czytaj więcej…

Another death sentence in Belarus

Brest oblast court sentenced a 30-year-old man to death for multiple murders. His 2-year-old accomplice got a life sentence with serving the punishment in a high-security penal colony. Czytaj więcej…

Judiciary said to be ready for death penalty abolition

Judiciary said to be ready for death penalty abolition

Belarus’ judicial system is ready to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty, Supreme Court Chairman Valyantsin Sukala told reporters in Minsk on June 25. “If the constitution of Belarus describes this exceptional type of punishment as temporary, this clause will inevitably entail its abolition,” he said. Mr. Sukala said that a moratorium on capital punishment could be an intermediate stage, describing the measure as “quite realistic and well-founded.” Czytaj więcej…

Hrodna human rights activists fight against death penalty

Hrodna human rights activists fight against death penalty

Members of Viasna’s Hrodna office held a three-day civil campaign against the death penalty. The action was joined by several other opposition activists, including members of the UCPB, Young Democrats and the Civil Forum. The activists distributed calendars with an inscription ‘Belarus is the only European country, which still uses the death penalty.’ They also informed local residents of the situation with the death penalty both in Europe and in Belarus. Czytaj więcej…

Head of Lukashenka’s administration Makei speaks on death penalty moratorium

Head of Lukashenka’s administration Makei speaks on death penalty moratorium

Uladzimir Makei, head of the Administration of President Lukashenka, has promised to declare a moratorium on executing death penalties in Belarus in case the country establishes close relationships with the Council of Europe. ‘In case Belarus decides to join the Council of Europe, we will have to raise the issue of introducing a moratorium on the death penalty,’ says Mr.Makei. ‘The issue of the death penalty should not be considered as something stiff. I have had a meeting with Mr.Rigoni, PACE Special Rapporteur on Belarus, and we were discussing the issue for a long time. We have already reduced the number of criminal articles providing for the death penalty, and in practice the sentence has begun to be seldom used. Czytaj więcej…

Deputy head of the presidential administration: the introduction of moratorium on death penalty is possible

The question of introduction of moratorium on death penalty in Belarus is at the stage of discussion, stated the deputy head of the presidential administration Valer Mitskevich. Czytaj więcej…

Liavon Volski: ‘We will not change anything by killing a man who has committed even a very terrible crime. Besides, it will cause more bloodthirstiness’

Liavon Volski: ‘We will not change anything by killing a man who has committed even a very terrible crime. Besides, it will cause more bloodthirstiness’

The founder of the rock-bands Mroya, NRM and the musical project Krambambulia Liavon Volski has joined the campaign against the death penalty, launched by the Belarusian human rights defenders. Czytaj więcej…

‘Death’ was walking on Niamiha in the company of policemen in mufti

‘Death’ was walking on Niamiha in the company of policemen in mufti

On 5 June several volunteers of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee tried held a theatric performance for abolishment of the death penalty in Belarus. Czytaj więcej…

Hanna Khitryk: ‘The state must not kill people. The state is the people who we elected, who we rely on and who we trust. If the people who we trust will be assassins, what people are they and what people are we if we have elected them?’

Hanna Khitryk: ‘The state must not kill people. The state is the people who we elected, who we rely on and who we trust. If the people who we trust will be assassins, what people are they and what people are we if we have elected them?’

The actor of Yanka Kupala National Theater Hanna Khitryk, songwriter of the Detidetey rock band has jointed the campaign against the death penalty in Belarus. Expressing her opinion on this issue, Hanna pointed that ‘to wish somebody death is to spoil oneself… and if you are for the death penalty, you are also for war’. Czytaj więcej…

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