News on the topic: death penalty

Amnesty International urges Belarus to halt execution of Viktar Paulau

04.12.2019 Amnesty International urges Belarus to halt execution of Viktar Paulau

Amnesty International has launched an urgent action calling on its members around the world to write to Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka. The activists are invited to ask the authorities of Belarus to halt the execution of Viktar Paulau.

Supreme Court confirms death penalty for Viktar Paulau

12.11.2019 Supreme Court confirms death penalty for Viktar Paulau

The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence handed down to Viktar Paulau on July 30. The defendant was found guilty of double murder committed in December 2018.

PACE rapporteur denounces fresh death sentence in Belarus

06.11.2019 PACE rapporteur denounces fresh death sentence in Belarus

Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, has denounced a judgment of the Brest Regional Court (Belarus) of 25 October sentencing to death Viktar Serhil in a trial concerning the murder of an eight-month-old girl.

EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

29.10.2019 EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

“A moratorium on executions in Belarus would be a positive first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country,” a statement by Maja Kocijancic, European Union Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in response to the death sentence handed down by the Brest Regional Court.

New death sentence passed in Belarus

28.10.2019 New death sentence passed in Belarus

On October 25, the Brest Regional Court sentenced Viktar Serhil, 48, to death, finding him guilty of brutally murdering a minor (Part 2, Art. 139 of the Criminal Code).

FIDH Congress adopts resolution on the death penalty in Belarus

24.10.2019 FIDH Congress adopts resolution on the death penalty in Belarus

40th FIDH Congress - RESOLUTION ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

11.10.2019 Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

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

09.10.2019 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.

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

05.10.2019 “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.”

Death is not justice!

03.10.2019 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.

“We need to show that society is concerned about the death penalty”

20.09.2019 “We need to show that society is concerned about the death penalty”

From 5 to 10 October, various locations across Belarus will host the seventh annual Week Against the Death Penalty, the main slogan of which will be “Justice Without Killing.” Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus” and organizer of the Week, has shared his plans for this year’s events, calling on everyone to join the activities of the annual outreach initiative.

EU, CoE condemn new death sentence in Belarus

31.07.2019 EU, CoE condemn new death sentence in Belarus

The European Union and the Council of Europe have condemned the death sentence pronounced yesterday in Viciebsk.

New death sentence pronounced in Viciebsk

30.07.2019 New death sentence pronounced in Viciebsk

The Viciebsk Regional Court has sentenced Viktar Paulau, 50, to death finding him guilty of double murder committed in December 2018.

Andrei Paluda: Abolition of the death penalty is what every Belarusian needs

12.07.2019 Andrei Paluda: Abolition of the death penalty is what every Belarusian needs

Belarus is the only country in Europe and among post-Soviet states that stills executes people. The people here are killed by shooting in the back of the head. Despite the widely recognized fact that the death penalty does not work as a deterrent and is an apparent vestige of the Middle Ages, the conveyor of death continues to operate, while the veil of secrecy and the inhuman treatment to the families of death row prisoners are reminiscent of the Stalin-era repression.

UN human rights experts denounce execution in Belarus

08.07.2019 UN human rights experts denounce execution in Belarus

Belarus must halt the executions of individuals who have submitted complaints to the Human Rights Committee, UN human rights experts said today upon being informed about the execution of Aleksandr Zhilnikov whose case is being examined by the Committee.

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