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EU reacts to new death sentence in Belarus

EU reacts to new death sentence in Belarus

"The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment," the European Union said in a statement on another death sentence pronounced in Belarus. Read more…

Man sentenced to death in Sluck on double murder charge

Man sentenced to death in Sluck on double murder charge

Viktar Skrundzik, aged 29, has been sentenced to death by the Minsk Regional Court after a trial held in the town of Sluck. The man was found guilty of killing two elderly people in January 2019. Read more…

Amnesty International urges Belarus not to execute death row prisoner Viktar Serhel

Amnesty International urges Belarus not to execute death row prisoner Viktar Serhel

Amnesty International has launched an urgent action in support of Viktar Serhel, death row prisoner who lost his appeal to the Supreme Court on January 31 and may be thus executed at any moment. Read more…

EU, CoE “reaffirm strong opposition” to death penalty after new sentences delivered in Belarus

EU, CoE “reaffirm strong opposition” to death penalty after new sentences delivered in Belarus

The European Union reaffirms its strong opposition against the application of capital punishment in any circumstance, the EU External Action Service said in a statement following the two death sentences handed down in Belarus on January 10. Read more…

Two men sentenced to death in Čerykaŭ

Two men sentenced to death in Čerykaŭ

Two men, Illia Kostseu and Stanislau Kostseu, have been sentenced to death at a visiting session of the Mahilioŭ Regional Court held today in the town of Čerykaŭ. Judge Mikhail Melnikau found the two brothers, aged 21 and 19, respectively, of killing their former school teacher and setting her house on fire to destroy the evidence. Read more…

EU, CoE, PACE call for moratorium in response to new execution in Belarus

EU, CoE, PACE call for moratorium in response to new execution in Belarus

The spokespersons of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly have once again called on the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on executions in Belarus. The statements were released after the news came of another execution in the continent’s last retentionist country. Read more…

Belarus executes another death row prisoner

Belarus executes another death row prisoner

Death row prisoner Aliaksandr Asipovich was executed by shooting on December 17, according to the Mahilioŭ Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Read more…

“All human beings are born equal”. Minsk marks Human Rights Day

“All human beings are born equal”. Minsk marks Human Rights Day

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” marked December 10, Human Rights Day by opening an exhibition devoted to the topic of the death penalty. Read more…

Amnesty International urges Belarus to halt execution of Viktar Paulau

Amnesty International urges Belarus to halt execution of Viktar Paulau

Amnesty International has launched an urgent action calling on its members around the world to write to Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka. The activists are invited to ask the authorities of Belarus to halt the execution of Viktar Paulau. Read more…

Supreme Court confirms death penalty for Viktar Paulau

Supreme Court confirms death penalty for Viktar Paulau

The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence handed down to Viktar Paulau on July 30. The defendant was found guilty of double murder committed in December 2018. Read more…

PACE rapporteur denounces fresh death sentence in Belarus

PACE rapporteur denounces fresh death sentence in Belarus

Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, has denounced a judgment of the Brest Regional Court (Belarus) of 25 October sentencing to death Viktar Serhil in a trial concerning the murder of an eight-month-old girl. Read more…

EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

“A moratorium on executions in Belarus would be a positive first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country,” a statement by Maja Kocijancic, European Union Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in response to the death sentence handed down by the Brest Regional Court. Read more…

New death sentence passed in Belarus

New death sentence passed in Belarus

On October 25, the Brest Regional Court sentenced Viktar Serhil, 48, to death, finding him guilty of brutally murdering a minor (Part 2, Art. 139 of the Criminal Code). Read more…

FIDH Congress adopts resolution on the death penalty in Belarus

FIDH Congress adopts resolution on the death penalty in Belarus

40th FIDH Congress - RESOLUTION ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS Read more…

Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

The past seven days have been dominated by events held as part of the annual nation-wide Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus. Viasna has collected quotes and photo evidence of the Week to highlight the diversity of voices and efforts demanding an end to executions, both in the country and worldwide. Read more…

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