“No to the Death Penalty!” in Mahiliou
An awareness-raising action against the death penalty was held in Mahiliou. The event was expected to be held on the eve of the World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October. However, the volunteers who distributed stickers and posters of the “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty” campaign were detained by the police.
As a sign of solidarity with their arrested associates, the activists arranged a later action to attract public attention to the issue of the death penalty by posting stickers in central Mahiliou.
Two youths were detained on 8 October, after unknown persons reported to the police. After a five-hour interrogation, the activists were charged under Par. 2 Art. 21.24 of the Administrative Code (“Violation of the rules of settlement maintenance”). The police also seized campaign materials.