News on the topic: death penalty

The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship'

15.05.2018 The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship'

When the guards come, these inmates never know if it is for the last time. On death row in Belarus, the only country in Europe that still uses the death penalty, they are never told when they will be executed. And when it happens, it is all kept as a state secret.

Time to act towards true abolition of the death penalty, say HRDs

19.04.2018 Time to act towards true abolition of the death penalty, say HRDs

On April 18, Minsk hosted a round table entitled “Legal aspects of the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus”. The event was organized by the Council of Europe and involved members of the Belarusian Parliament’s lower chamber and representatives of NGOs, including the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

Belarus still only executioner in Europe and Central Asia

12.04.2018 Belarus still only executioner in Europe and Central Asia

“In Europe and Central Asia, Belarus was the only country to execute people. The country carried out at least two executions in 2017; at least four new death sentences were imposed,” Amnesty International said in its Annual Report on the death penalty.

Belarus: undisclosed execution comes to light

15.03.2018 Belarus: undisclosed execution comes to light

Amnesty International strongly condemns the execution of Belarusian death row prisoner, Kiryl Kazachok, in October 2017. News of his execution has only recently been disclosed by the family and brings the total number of known executions in Belarus in 2017 to two.

EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok

09.03.2018 EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok

In light of the execution in Belarus of Kiryl Kazachok, which took place in October 2017 but was brought to the public's attention only now, the European Union again reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.

PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn the execution of Kiryl Kazachok

09.03.2018 PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn the execution of Kiryl Kazachok

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), former PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have strongly condemned the execution of Kiryl Kazachok, which allegedly took place in October 2017.

Death row inmate Kiryl Kazachok executed

07.03.2018 Death row inmate Kiryl Kazachok executed

Death convict Kiryl Kazachok has been executed by shooting, according to information received by Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”.

Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

09.02.2018 Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus.

Amnesty International launches urgent action after two new death sentences in Belarus

07.02.2018 Amnesty International launches urgent action after two new death sentences in Belarus

Two men were sentenced to death in Belarus on 20 January after their sentences of life imprisonment were quashed on appeal. They are the first two people to be sentenced to death in 2018, bringing the total number of people on death row in Belarus, according to the Belarusian authorities, to seven.

Supreme Court confirms fourth death sentence in 2017

31.01.2018 Supreme Court confirms fourth death sentence in 2017

Another man was sentenced to death in the fall of 2017, in addition to the three persons earlier convicted during the year, Valery Kalinkovich, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court, said at a press conference in Minsk today.

EU Urges Belarus To Spare Two On Death Row

24.01.2018 EU Urges Belarus To Spare Two On Death Row

The European Union has sharply criticized Belarus for sentencing two men to death, and repeated its call for President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's government to abolish capital punishment.

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.

Court sends two to death after retrial

22.01.2018 Court sends two to death after retrial

The Minsk City Court has sentenced two persons to death after a retrial on January 20. Viachaslau Sukharka and Aliaksandr Zhylnikau were found guilty of murdering three people in December 2015. One more defendant in the case, Alina Shulhanava, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

15.01.2018 Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.

EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

29.12.2017 EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

Statement by the Spokesperson on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

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