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Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'

22.01.2018 Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'

"Two new death verdicts handed on 20 January by the Minsk City Court are a very disturbing development. We reiterate our call on the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on capital punishment as the first step to its abolition," Spokesperson of the Council of Europe's Secretary General said today.

EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty

10.10.2017 EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty

On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirm their strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.

PACE: Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, simply a question of political will

25.07.2017 PACE: Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, simply a question of political will

Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE), PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have denounced the two death sentences handed down by the Mogilev regional court in Belarus.

EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences

24.07.2017 EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences

The European Union on July 21 criticized the two latest death sentences handed down in Belarus, saying that they "violate the right to life."

PACE mission issues statement on election campaign

11.08.2016 PACE mission issues statement on election campaign

A pre-electoral delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Minsk to assess the election campaign and the preparations for the parliamentary elections to be held on 11 September 2016.

PACE rapporteurs express dismay at death sentence in Belarus

25.11.2015 PACE rapporteurs express dismay at death sentence in Belarus

Two rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their dismay at a death sentence handed down in Belarus last week, and urged the authorities not to carry it out.

04.11.2015 CoE Commissioner for Human Rights: “Belarus has a lot of challenges ahead in order to become a fully democratic country”

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, has told about his perception of the human rights situation in Belarus and the prospects of cooperation between Belarus and the Council of Europe in an interview with Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe Belarus service.

CoE Commissioner for Human Rights: “Azerbaijan will go down in history as the country that carried out an unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders during its chairmanship”

26.11.2014 CoE Commissioner for Human Rights: “Azerbaijan will go down in history as the country that carried out an unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders during its chairmanship”

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, has written on Facebook about “one of the most difficult missions” of his “two-and-a-half year tenure as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights” — a visit he paid to Azerbaijan to see the imprisoned human rights defenders.

21.06.2013 PACE invites Belarusian MPs to discuss death penalty

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is expected to discuss the situation in Belarus at a meeting scheduled for June 27, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Belarus service reports. Among others, Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, will address the meeting.

22.05.2013 Secretary general expresses hope that Belarus will join Council of Europe

Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, expressed hope on Tuesday that Belarus would join the organization and ratify the European Convention on Human Rights.

23.01.2013 Thorbjørn Jagland: Belarus must release the political prisoners

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe reminded of the conditions for starting the dialogue between the EU and Belarus.

23.03.2012 CE Committee of Ministers condemns executions in Minsk

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a declaration on March 22 deploring the execution of Kanavalau (Konovalov) and Kavalyou (Kovalev).

26.01.2012 Death penalty disqualifies Belarus from any status in Council of Europe, secretary general says

The use of the death penalty makes it impossible for Belarus to have any status in the Council of Europe, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland told reporters in Strasbourg on January 25.

Why is the death penalty in Belarus such a huge issue for the EU?

10.10.2011 Why is the death penalty in Belarus such a huge issue for the EU?

Mrs Rosemary Thomas, British Ambassador in Belarus, writes on the occasion of World Day against the Death Penalty.

Thomas Hammarberg: “the Belarusian authorities seek to stop <em>Viasna</em>’s assistance to victims of human rights violations”

07.09.2011 Thomas Hammarberg: “the Belarusian authorities seek to stop Viasna’s assistance to victims of human rights violations”

Thomas Hammarberg, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, published an article concerning the arrest of Ales Bialiatski. in the European newspaper New Europe.

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