Belarusian believers against execution of Kanavalau and Kavaliou

2011 2011-12-08T17:32:21+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

About twenty believers, who hold daily prayers near St. Symon and Alena Church in the center of Minsk, addressed Aliaksandr Lukashenka in connection with the issue of the death verdict to Kanavalau and Kavaliou and the related hunger-strike of Sviatlana Chornaya.

Here's the full text of the letter:

“We, believers of different confessions, participants of the daily prayers for political prisoners (the initiative “We Mustn't Forget”) join the address of Sviatlana Chornaya, who has kept a hunger-strike of protest against the death penalty to Kanavalau and Kavaliou since 30 November 2011, and express our support to her.

We address all parties, organizations and movement and all concerned people in our country with the proposal to support the initiative of this brave, self-sacrificing woman, to express solidarity and thus prevent the lynching of Kavaliou and Kanavalau, and to make everything possible for the abolishment of the death penalty in Belarus!

We address You, Mr. Lukashenka, and express our protest against the death sentence to Kanavalau and Kavaliou, because we think that the accusation failed to prove their guilt properly. We think with horror that if each of us, and You, Mr. Lukashenka, don't do everything what depends on him, the number of victims of the April terrorist act can increase by two more people, and all of us would be guilty of this crime. If there is at least a slight suspicion that blood of innocent people can be shed, it must be prevented, otherwise this blood will fall as a deadly sin on all of us! We hope that the cry from the heart of Sviatlana Chornaya, who is not afraid to sacrifice herself for justice, will be heard by You, and You, as the man who holds the power in our country, being a Christian, will introduce a Moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus!”

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