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“They should have shot me instead”: The stories of death row inmates’ family members

“They should have shot me instead”: The stories of death row inmates’ family members

In Belarus, you cannot sentence a woman to death — this is the law. But it is women who suffer most from death sentences. Over the 27 years of Belarus’s independence, more than 400 men have been shot in Belarus. Behind each of them, there is the ruined life of at least one woman. We collected the stories of five of them. Read more…

Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said. Read more…

Death row prisoner Ihar Hershankou loses 18 kilos on hunger strike

Death row prisoner Ihar Hershankou loses 18 kilos on hunger strike

Ihar Hershankou started his hunger strike on June 27 to protest violations of his right to correspondence, after all his complaints, including to the Prosecutor General, the Department of Corrections and Belarus’s envoy to the UN, as well as many letters to relatives, failed not reach their destinations. Read more…

Amnesty International: Iranian in Belarus at risk of imminent deportation, faces death penalty in home country

Amnesty International: Iranian in Belarus at risk of imminent deportation, faces death penalty in home country

Iranian citizen Mehrdad Jamshidian, who suffers from acute ill-health, was detained on 14 June in Belarus. He is at imminent risk of deportation to Iran, where he may be subjected to torture and the death penalty for ‘apostasy’ and murder accusations. Read more…

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint of death convict Hershankou

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint of death convict Hershankou

On July 13, the UN Human Rights Committee confirmed the registration of an individual communication submitted on behalf of Ihar Hershankou, who was sentenced to death by the Mahilioŭ Regional Court on July 21, 2017. Read more…

Death row prisoner Ihar Hershankou goes on hunger strike

Death row prisoner Ihar Hershankou goes on hunger strike

Ihar Hershankou, who was earlier sentenced to death, says he is beginning a hunger strike while on death row in Minsk’s detention center No. 1 to protest numerous violations of his right to correspondence, Viasna learned from the prisoner’s mother. Read more…

Amnesty International: Unprecedented Supreme Court decision to suspend death sentences

Amnesty International: Unprecedented Supreme Court decision to suspend death sentences

"This is a hugely significant and unprecedented decision for the only country in the region that has continued to execute people all these years." Read more…

PACE rapporteurs condemn two recent executions in Belarus

PACE rapporteurs condemn two recent executions in Belarus

Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE), former PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have strongly condemned the execution of Aliaksei Mikhalenia and Viktor Liotau, which reportedly took place in secret in mid-May. Read more…

EU deplores two new executions in Belarus

EU deplores two new executions in Belarus

Statement by the Spokesperson on the application of the death penalty in Belarus Read more…

Supreme Court confirms death sentences for Zhylnikau and Sukharko

Supreme Court confirms death sentences for Zhylnikau and Sukharko

The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences earlier handed down to Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko for the murder of three people. The judgment was pronounced after the court completed hearing Zhylnikau’s appeal, while Sukharko refused to challenge the verdict. Read more…

CoE: Capital punishment has no place in Europe

CoE: Capital punishment has no place in Europe

Spokesperson of the Secretary General: Statement by the Spokesperson on reported executions in Belarus Read more…

EU ‘actively engaged with Belarus on death penalty’, says Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy

EU ‘actively engaged with Belarus on death penalty’, says Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy

In 2017, the EU actively engaged with the Belarusian authorities on the death penalty and took action to raise awareness, as Belarus remained the only country in Europe that still applied the death penalty, Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy said. Read more…

Two more executions reported in Belarus

Two more executions reported in Belarus

Two death convicts, Aliaksei Mikhalenia and Viktar Liotau, have been recently executed, according to Viachaslau Sukharko, another death row inmate whose appeal was heard today at the Supreme Court. Read more…

Death penalty: Belarus must be accountable to someone

Death penalty: Belarus must be accountable to someone

Belarus is the last country in Europe to apply the death penalty. It often does so in secret. Read more…

The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship'

The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship'

When the guards come, these inmates never know if it is for the last time. On death row in Belarus, the only country in Europe that still uses the death penalty, they are never told when they will be executed. And when it happens, it is all kept as a state secret. Read more…

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