Viasna’s Mahiliou office presents new animated film against the death penalty
Over 20 residents of Mahiliou gathered on December 21 to watch the anti-death penalty animated films “Flight”, “Queue” and the new film “Executioner” at the Kola community center. The presentation was conducted by coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus” Andrei Paluda, who noted that the government still conceals information about death sentences and their execution.
“This year, it became known that Eduard Lykov was sentenced to death. He was convicted of five murders. We do not deny his guilt, but campaign for a moratorium on the death penalty, as the capital punishment not only affects the criminals and their families, but judges and prosecutors, and even the executors of the sentence, who contribute to handing down and enforcing the sentences,” says Andrei Paluda.
The campaign coordinator stresses that civilized countries have abandoned the death penalty, as it does not meet current standards and principles of morality.
“There is a squad in Belarus that carries out executions. It is known that they are allowed to drink alcohol to relieve stress. Few of them live to retire, because this nervous work often results in heart attacks and strokes. The Belarusian leadership should move away from these medieval norms and stand on the normal track of civilized development,” says Andrei Paluda.
In addition, the human rights activist told that in Belarus the death penalty is only applied to men aged 18 to 60 years.
“Executioner” is a new animated film created by a group of volunteers of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”. It raises the question of people who work as executioners of the death verdicts.
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