Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty (photo)

The past seven days have been dominated by events held as part of the annual nation-wide Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus. Viasna has collected quotes and photo evidence of the Week to highlight the diversity of voices and efforts demanding an end to executions, both in the country and worldwide.

EU, CoE urge Belarus to end executions ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty

EU, CoE urge Belarus to end executions ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have published a joint statement to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October.

Violence, sexism, employment discrimination: women’s rights groups send report to UN

Violence, sexism, employment discrimination: women’s rights groups send report to UN

The “Her Rights” center has prepared, in a coalition with the public association “Radzislava”, a report on the state of gender equality and women’s rights in Belarus in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The survey is an alternative to the government’s report, both of which will be heard in May 2020.

Activist Faces 'Torture' If Extradited From Belarus To Tajikistan

Activist Faces 'Torture' If Extradited From Belarus To Tajikistan

A group of 11 human rights groups has urged Belarus not to forcibly return a Tajik opposition activist Farhod Odinaev to Tajikistan, where they said he “risks torture or other ill-treatment.”

Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions (document)

On October 2, the authorities completed the formation of the precinct election commissions (PECs), which are an important element of the electoral process directly responsible for the organization of voting and vote counting. A total of 5,785 PECs have been formed, with 63,646 persons selected as their members.

“Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

“Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

The annual Week against the Death Penalty will be held from 5 to 10 October across Belarus to promote this year’s slogan “Justice without Killing.”

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

Observers report record low representation of opposition in precinct election commissions; critical blogger unable to pay heavy fine, begs for community service to avoid criminal charges; Supreme Court sets appeal hearing in death convict's case

Death is not justice!

Death is not justice!

Council of Europe’s Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law has launched a campaign #DeathIsNotJustice in the run-up to October 10th, the World Day against Death Penalty. Famous figures and human rights activists share messages to stress the need for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

On September 25, the Minsk City Court was to open a closed trial in the criminal case of an activist of the anarchist movement Dzmitry Paliyenka. As a result, the trial was adjourned due to the judge’s illness.

PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has arranged a public hearing on the situation of Belarus ahead of this year’s parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

Trial of Dzmitry Paliyenka postponed; wheelchair user reports accessibility issues in election campaigning; Tajik opposition activist detained in Belarus, awaits extradition

OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, is closing today in Warsaw, following two weeks of discussions that brought together hundreds of activists and policy-makers.

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