Amnesty International and Belarusian Helsinki Committee adopted joint statement concerning new death sentenced in Belarus

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‘The Belarusian authorities continue to ignore international pressure on them to declare a moratorium on the death penalty’, RFE/RL quotes a press release of Amnesty International.

The sentence was pronounced less than a week after the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly voted in favor of restoring the Special Guest status to the Parliament of Belarus on the condition that Belarus declares a moratorium on the execution of the death penalty.

‘The death sentence is clear evidence that there is no ‘de-facto moratorium’ in Belarus as has been claimed by the government, and that we need to remain alert to the possibility that they continue to carry out death sentences’, said Nicola Duckworth, Director of the Europe and Central Asia Program.