Tamara Chikunova about the irreversibility of the death penalty: “The posthumous vindication won't bring an innocent victim back to life ...”

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Tamara Chikunova near the stand of the Belarusian human rights defenders against the Vth World Congress against the Death Penalty (Madrid, 2013)

Tamara Chikunova near the stand of the Belarusian human rights defenders against the Vth World Congress against the Death Penalty (Madrid, 2013)

On 1 January 2008 the death penalty was abolished in Uzbekistan. The human rights community of Uzbekistan contributed to this, but the greatest contribution must have been made by Tamara Chikunova, the founder of the human rights organization "Mothers against the Death Penalty and Torture ", after her only son was executed by shooting.

Tamara Chikunova's tough position against the death penalty has received well-deserved respect – her human rights work in this area was marked by many international awards, including the French National Order of the Legion of Honor.

Tamara Chikunova says the death penalty is not a speculative problem, but a tragedy for her: "After the execution of my only son, Dmitri, I couldn't sleep for two years... I couldn't sleep because of despair, horror and helplessness ... I was constantly tormented by the question: why and what for was such cruelty meant? The fate hit me on the ground, broke my life and took away the future ... The worst thing in the execution of the death penalty is a miscarriage of justice ! Indeed, the death sentence, if delivered incorrectly, as a result of a false testimony or on a malicious intent, becomes a terrible crime. In addition, no court systems cannot eliminate the discrimination and errors. No system in the world is able to guarantee a fair and accurate decision about who should live and who should die . Any other sentence can be compensated for, but not a penalty! There is no return after the execution. My son Dmitry was unlawfully convicted in November 1999 . On 10 July 2000 he was secretly shot in Tashkent prison . In March 2005, my son was posthumously rehabilitated, not guilty, and his trial was declared unfair. But the death penalty is irreversible ... It is irreversible not only by the fear of the penalty, but irreversible in principle – a posthumous vindication posthumous vindication won't bring an innocent person back to life ... "

To date, Central Asia is free of the death penalty.

Turkmenistan abolished the death penalty in 1996.

Kazakhstan – on 20 July 2009.

In Tajikistan, a bilateral moratorium on executions and the death penalty has acted since 2004.

In Kyrgyzstan the death penalty was abolished on 25 June 2007.

A great credit for it is due to Tamara Chikunova, who now lives in Italy, where he works with the
organization "Community of Sant Egidio" and fights against the death penalty in those countries where it still exists.

In 2010, Tamara was Chikunova came to Belarus and met with Sviatlana Zhuk, the mother of the death convict Andrei Zhuk, and activists of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus".

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