Human rights defenders remind Belarusians about the problem of death penalty (photo report)

On 10 October, the World Day against the Death Penalty, civil activists and volunteers held informational actions in different parts of Belarus. In Minsk, activists of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty” came to Nezalezhnasts Avenue to remind passers-by that the Belarusian state still kills people. People eagerly took the informational booklets that were distributed by the human rights defenders. There are many people who are concerned with this problem. Some of them even started discussions with the activists.

Human rights defenders also handed out the booklets “Say No to the Death Penalty!” in the center of Baranavichy, near shops and bus stops and in the part in Kamsamolskaya Street. People eagerly took informational materials and discussed the “killing of criminals” with human rights defenders. As a result of this discussion it was found that about a half of the questioned people had a negative attitude to this kind of penalty and supported the introduction of the death penalty moratorium.


A similar action was held by activists of youth organizations in Mahiliou. They handed out the booklets in Pushkin Avenue. According to one of them, more than 300 booklets were distributed.

The police didn’t interfere with the action in any towns or cities of Belarus.


Book «Capital punishment in Belarus»


Death verdics in Belarus since 1990