News for 5 Oct 2016
05.10.2016 Human rights activist asks Pope to discuss the death penalty with Lukashenka
Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus", has sent a letter to Pope Francis, asking him to touch upon the issue of capital punishment during his future meeting with President Lukashenka.
05.10.2016 EU 'reaffirms strong opposition' to capital punishment after Supreme Court upholds another death verdict
Today, 4 October, the Belarusian Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Siarhei Vostrykau. This is the fourth confirmation by the Belarusian Supreme Court of a death sentence in 2016.
05.10.2016 Eduard Palchys is a political prisoner. Joint statement by human rights organizations
We believe that the publications authored by blogger Eduard Palchys, which were posted in the nine articles on the 1863x.com website, are a permissible form of expression and, accordingly, may not be prosecuted under the law.
05.10.2016 Death Penalty in Belarus: New report reveals grave rights violations
In Belarus, the rights of people sentenced to death are violated at all stages of the legal proceedings, making the application of death penalty in the country unlawful and arbitrary, said today FIDH and HRC "Viasna" in Minsk during the presentation of their report "Death Penalty in Belarus : Murder on (Un)Lawful Grounds".