News on the topic: death penalty

EU urges Belarus to move towards death penalty abolition

10.10.2021 EU urges Belarus to move towards death penalty abolition

Video address by Dirk Schuebel, head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, on the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty

Slovenia resolutely opposes the death penalty in all circumstances

09.10.2021 Slovenia resolutely opposes the death penalty in all circumstances

Statement of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to Belarus, marking the World Day Against the Death Penalty

Swiss ambassador Claude Altermatt: "The trend towards worldwide abolition of the capital punishment is continuing"

08.10.2021 Swiss ambassador Claude Altermatt: "The trend towards worldwide abolition of the capital punishment is continuing"

On the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Switzerland reaffirms its strong commitment to support this trend, to safeguard any achieved progress.

Andrei Paluda on the death penalty: “Without systemic changes, there will be no serious progress in solving the problem”

05.10.2021 Andrei Paluda on the death penalty: “Without systemic changes, there will be no serious progress in solving the problem”

The annual Week Against the Death Penalty will be held in Belarus for the ninth time from October 5 to 10.

UNHRC confirms multiple violations in case of executed prisoner Aliaksei Mikhalenia

27.09.2021 UNHRC confirms multiple violations in case of executed prisoner Aliaksei Mikhalenia

The Committee concludes that that Mikhalenia’s right to life under article 6 of the Covenant was violated, since he was sentenced to death after an unfair trial.

Death convict Viktar Skrundzik executed, state-owned TV reports

06.09.2021 Death convict Viktar Skrundzik executed, state-owned TV reports

Death row prisoner Viktar Skrundzik has been executed, according to a report by the government-controlled broadcaster STV.

“No more fear they can be taken out for execution”. The Kostseu brothers meet with family for first time after pardon

18.08.2021 “No more fear they can be taken out for execution”. The Kostseu brothers meet with family for first time after pardon

Illia Kostseu and Stanislau Kostseu, two brothers and former death row prisoners, have been allowed to see their family for the first time since they were pardoned in April 2021, according to their sister Hanna.

Viasna’s Andrei Paluda leaves Belarus, describes detention conditions as inhuman

06.08.2021 Viasna’s Andrei Paluda leaves Belarus, describes detention conditions as inhuman

Andrei Paluda, human rights defender of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”, has left Belarus after detention and imminent criminal charges.

Death penalty in Belarus in the context of global justice. Is abolition possible?

31.07.2021 Death penalty in Belarus in the context of global justice. Is abolition possible?

The death penalty in Belarus is a relevant and urgent Global Justice issue, as the global community represented by international institutions can push the state in Belarus towards abolition.

EU deplores likely execution of Viktar Paulau

17.06.2021 EU deplores likely execution of Viktar Paulau

Statement by the Spokesperson on a likely execution

Death row prisoner Viktar Paulau “most likely executed”, convict’s sister said

10.06.2021 Death row prisoner Viktar Paulau “most likely executed”, convict’s sister said

Death row inmate Viktar Paulau was “most likely executed,” the convict’s sister Raisa told Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”.

Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Viktar Skrundzik

04.05.2021 Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Viktar Skrundzik

The Judicial Chamber on Criminal Case of the Supreme Court of Belarus has dismissed an appeal filed by death row prisoner Viktar Skrundzik. The convict will be executed, unless pardoned by Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

Death convicts brothers Kostseu pardoned

30.04.2021 Death convicts brothers Kostseu pardoned

Illia Kostseu and Stanislau Kostseu, two brothers sentenced to death in January 2020, have been pardoned, according to their relatives.

Death penalty 2020: Despite Covid-19, some countries ruthlessly pursued death sentences and executions

21.04.2021 Death penalty 2020: Despite Covid-19, some countries ruthlessly pursued death sentences and executions

While there was an overall trend of decline, some countries pursued or even increased the number of executions carried out, indicating a chilling disregard for human life at a time when the world’s attention focused on protecting people from a deadly virus.

Tamara Chikunova, known anti-death penalty campaigner, dies at 73

01.04.2021 Tamara Chikunova, known anti-death penalty campaigner, dies at 73

Tamara Chikunova, the world-renowned Uzbek activist of the global abolitionist movement, died in Italy on March 31, the Community of Sant'Egidio said.

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