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PACE members denounce judgment confirming death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich

PACE members denounce judgment confirming death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich

Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, and Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP / CD), Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee, denounced the judgment of 14 May of the Supreme Court of Belarus confirming the death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich, pronounced by the Regional Court of Mahiliou on 9 January. Read more…

Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Aliaksandr Asipovich

Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Aliaksandr Asipovich

The Supreme Court of Belarus has upheld the death verdict imposed on Aliaksandr Asipovich for a double murder committed in Babrujsk in July 2018. Read more…

Amnesty International 2018 death penalty report: Belarus still last executioner in Europe

Amnesty International 2018 death penalty report: Belarus still last executioner in Europe

Belarus executed four persons in 2018, as compared to two executions in 2017, Amnesty International said in an annual death penalty report. Aliaksei Mikhalenya and Viktar Liotau were executed in May, and Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy in November. Read more…

Belarus Orders Expulsion Of Christian Convert Facing Death Penalty In Iran

Belarus Orders Expulsion Of Christian Convert Facing Death Penalty In Iran

Belarusian authorities have ordered the expulsion of an Iranian man who has converted to Christianity and is wanted by Tehran for apostasy and alleged murder, despite warnings by international human rights organizations that he would be at risk of torture and the death penalty if sent back. Read more…

Brussels: side-event

Brussels: side-event "Why death penalty continues to be applied in Belarus?"

On February 28, a side event dedicated to Belarus took place at the World Congress against the Death Penalty. Read more…

Belarus' delegation to visit the World Congress against Death Penalty

Belarus' delegation to visit the World Congress against Death Penalty

From February 26 to March 1 Brussels with host the World Congress Against the Death Penalty - the world’s leading abolitionist event in terms of its scope and political ambition. Read more…

Death penalty: human rights defenders' retrospective and aspirations

Death penalty: human rights defenders' retrospective and aspirations

At the end of January, the campaign "Human rights defenders against the death penalty" marks its 10th anniversary. Viasna asked the campaign activists about how one of the most notorious human rights campaigns in Belarus has been established, what difficulties it encountered and how such activity is perceived in society. Read more…

EU and COE call on moratorium on death penalty in Belarus

EU and COE call on moratorium on death penalty in Belarus

Spokespersons of the European Union and the Council of Europe condemn the latest death sentence pronounced in Belarus Read more…

Man sentenced to death in Babrujsk

Man sentenced to death in Babrujsk

The Mahilioŭ Regional Court has sentenced a man to death, finding him guilty of killing two women in late July. The verdict was pronounced after a series of visiting hearings held in Babrujsk. Read more…

UN HRC registers complaint of Belarusian death row prisoner

UN HRC registers complaint of Belarusian death row prisoner

On December 24, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has registered the individual communication of death convict Aliaksandr Zhylnikau, according to the prisoner’s lawyer who visited him on December 27. Read more…

Amnesty International: Two known prisoners on death row in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

Amnesty International: Two known prisoners on death row in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

"There is grave concern that the only two known prisoners on death row in Belarus, Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko, are at risk of imminent execution," Amnesty International said. Read more…

UN human rights experts condemn Belarus executions

UN human rights experts condemn Belarus executions

GENEVA (12 December 2018) — UN human rights experts condemned Belarus for its continued use of the death penalty, following local news reports that the country, in defiance of the Human Rights Committee’s requests for a stay, had executed three people: Aleksei Mikhalenya, Semyon Berezhnoi and Igor Gershankov. Read more…

Campaigners against the death penalty win national human rights prize

Campaigners against the death penalty win national human rights prize

Belarusian human rights defenders marked the International Human Rights Day by awarding the 10th annual National Human Rights Prize. The ceremony was hosted by the newly opened education space “Territory of Rights.” Read more…

Belarus: Amnesty International condemns execution of two more prisoners

Belarus: Amnesty International condemns execution of two more prisoners

Last week, the families of Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou confirmed to the Belarusian civil society organisation Human Rights Centre Viasna that they have been officially informed of the executions. Also according to information from Viasna the men were likely executed on the night of 19-20 November. Read more…

EU, CoE, PACE, Amnesty International condemn executions in Belarus

EU, CoE, PACE, Amnesty International condemn executions in Belarus

Brussels and Strasbourg have released official comments on the recent execution of two death row prisoners in Belarus, Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou. Read more…

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