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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.

Campaigners present documentary to mark decade of anti-death penalty activism

01.07.2019 Campaigners present documentary to mark decade of anti-death penalty activism

On June 30, Maladziečna hosted the premiere screening of a documentary entitled “We are against the death penalty” filmed to mark 10 years since the launch of “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”, a nation-wide campaign fighting to end executions in Belarus.

PACE rapporteur condemns execution in Belarus

19.06.2019 PACE rapporteur condemns execution in Belarus

Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), PACE’s General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned the execution of Aliaksandr Zhylnikau in Belarus.

EU "reaffirms strong opposition to capital punishment" in response to new execution in Belarus

17.06.2019 EU "reaffirms strong opposition to capital punishment" in response to new execution in Belarus

The European Union has condemned the recent executions in Belarus and urged the authorities to introduce a moratorium on the application of the death penalty.

Council of Europe condemns latest death sentence execution in Belarus

14.06.2019 Council of Europe condemns latest death sentence execution in Belarus

The Council of Europe condemns the execution of the next death sentence in Belarus, the spokesperson of the organization wrote on his Twitter.

Death convict executed in Belarus on the verge of II European Games

13.06.2019 Death convict executed in Belarus on the verge of II European Games

The execution of the death sentence against Aliaksandr Zhylnikau is carried out.

PACE members denounce judgment confirming death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich

17.05.2019 PACE members denounce judgment confirming death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich

Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, and Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP / CD), Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee, denounced the judgment of 14 May of the Supreme Court of Belarus confirming the death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich, pronounced by the Regional Court of Mahiliou on 9 January.

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