Hanna Khitryk: ‘The state must not kill people. The state is the people who we elected, who we rely on and who we trust. If the people who we trust will be assassins, what people are they and what people are we if we have elected them?’

2009 2009-06-03T18:15:46+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/xitrik.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The actor of Yanka Kupala National Theater Hanna Khitryk, songwriter of the Detidetey rock band has jointed the campaign against the death penalty in Belarus. Expressing her opinion on this issue, Hanna pointed that ‘to wish somebody death is to spoil oneself… and if you are for the death penalty, you are also for war’.

‘I don’t know what can make me say that I am for making somebody who is living to cease to exist. And I don’t understand the people who say: yes, this man must be destroyed, or, roughly speaking, killed. It seems to me that if you are for the death penalty, you are also for war.

I understand that someone who is sentenced to death must have done much evil, but I don’t think that one will only redeem these deeds while getting ready to die.

I will not say that we have been created by God and he is to decided what and how should be, as there atheists, but somebody must have lead us where we are for some reason…

I agree that my first reaction would be for liquidation of the person who does much evil. But it is only the first reaction! It is emotion! But if you think, you understand that it is not worth killing anyone! To wish someone death is to spoil oneself. You should not do it, as the person who has committed a crime has already spoilt everything.

The state must not kill people. The state is the people who we elected, who we rely on and who we trust. If the people who we trust will be assassins, what people are they and what people are we if we have elected them?

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