Poet Andrei Khadanovich: ‘The death penalty has always been a means of restraint and intimidation’
Andrei Khadanovich, famous Belarusian poet, translator and head of the Belarusian PEN-Center, has joined the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus.
‘I feel happy and honoured to be able to join a campaign against the death penalty in Belarus, for I am definitely opposed to this brutal, barbaric, terrific and at the same time meaningless process. I do not believe that a human being can be improved through intimidation. We are longing for a society where it is not fear but an inner sense of justice that motivates people.’