“Death penalty. Indifference kills”
“No enemy is worse than
indifference! All mischief takes place with
the tacit consent of the indifferent."
A discussion on the death penalty will be held in Minsk on Tuesday, 8 October. The event is organized by volunteers of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus" within the "Week against the death penalty".
All pros and cons of the death penalty will be considered during the discussion.
Speeches will be delivered by two invited experts: Mechyslau Hryb – a famous Belarusian lawyer, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus , Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1994-1996 years), and Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”.
World Day Against the Death Penalty, which is celebrated annually on 10 October, was established in 2003 by the Global Coalition to ban the death penalty, which includes more than 135 human rights organizations, bar associations, trade unions, local and regional authorities.
Belarus is the only country in Europe and the CIS, where the death penalty is still used.
In 1991-2012 more than 400 people were punished with death in Belarus. In 2012 at least 3 people were shot. In 2013 three death sentences were issued.
The discussion will start at 6.45 p.m. in M. Tank Street, 20.