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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. Czytaj więcej…

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 Czytaj więcej…

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. Czytaj więcej…

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. Czytaj więcej…

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. Czytaj więcej…

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. Czytaj więcej…

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.” Czytaj więcej…

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. Czytaj więcej…

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. Czytaj więcej…

Belarus executes two more prisoners

Belarus executes two more prisoners

Death row prisoners Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou have been executed by shooting, according to information received from the prisoners' families. Czytaj więcej…

Swiss abolitionists ask Lukashenka to spare lives of death row prisoners in Belarus

Swiss abolitionists ask Lukashenka to spare lives of death row prisoners in Belarus

L’ACAT-Suisse, a Switzerland-based human rights organization working to end torture and capital punishment, has sent a petition to President Lukashenka, asking him to commute the death sentences handed down to Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko. Czytaj więcej…

Week against the Death Penalty: We do not celebrate, we express solidarity

Week against the Death Penalty: We do not celebrate, we express solidarity

The fifth annual Week against the Death Penalty concluded on October 12, World Day against the Death Penalty, with an artistic event at the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk, which told about the pain suffered by the families of death convicts. Czytaj więcej…

Viasna again calls to halt executions at PACE event on World Day against the Death Penalty

Viasna again calls to halt executions at PACE event on World Day against the Death Penalty

On October 10, the issue of ongoing executions in Belarus was discussed at a meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly pf the Council of Europe. The event was scheduled to mark the World Day against the Death Penalty. The discussion involved Valery Varanetski, chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, and deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich. Czytaj więcej…

Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

While on death row, convicts face a number of violations of their rights. During their one monthly visit with a family member (a right accorded under Article 174 of the Criminal Law Enforcement Code), they are forbidden from referring to detention conditions. Czytaj więcej…

Belarusian Orthodox church supports moratorium on death penalty

Belarusian Orthodox church supports moratorium on death penalty

His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, has spoken in favor of introducing a moratorium on the death penalty in the country. Czytaj więcej…

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