death penalty

Belarus not ready to abolish death penalty, envoy says

Belarus is not yet ready to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, Yury Ambrazevich, Belarus’ permanent representative to the UN Office at Geneva, said on October 9, speaking at the 124

Week Against Death Penalty begins in Belarus

A series of events called Week Against Death Penalty began in Belarus on Friday.

PACE rapporteur calls for one-year moratorium on death penalty

Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation in Belarus, on Tuesday called for a one-year moratorium on the death penalty in the country.  

At least two death row inmates executed in quick succession

Syarhey Khmyalewski, a 32-year-old man who was found guilty of murdering three people, has reportedly been executed in Belarus. The man’s relatives were informed about the execution on November 29.

OSCE/ODIHR director calls on Belarus to impose moratorium on death penalty

Michael Georg Link, director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), has called on Belarus to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions as a step towards the complete abolition of the death penalty.

Death row in Belarus gets new inmate

The Minsk Regional Court has handed down a second death sentence in Belarus since the start of 2016, inflicting the death penalty on a man convicted of multiple murder, theft and other crimes.

EU reiterates its call on Belarus to impose moratorium on death penalty

The European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued a statement reiterating the European Union’s call on the Belarusian government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in connection with a new death sentence in the country.

Mother of executed Pavel Selyun collects his belongings

The personal belongings of Pavel Selyun, a double murder convict executed in April 2013, have been returned to his mother.

Makey: belarusian society should become ripe for abolition of death penalty

“The issue of the abolition of the death penalty should not be resolved at an artificially accelerated pace”...

Makey: belarusian society should become ripe for abolition of death penalty

“The issue of the abolition of the death penalty should not be resolved at an artificially accelerated pace”...

Death row inmate executed in Belarus

Pavel Selyun has been executed, the Vyasna Human Rights Center reported on Friday with reference to the double murder convict’s lawyer...

Belarusians split down middle on death penalty issue, poll indicates

As many as 46.2 percent of the residents of Belarus support the death penalty, while 44.5 percent are opposed to it, Sergei Shimovolos...

Rights defenders launch week of action against death penalty

Belarusian human rights defenders on Saturday launched a week of action against the death penalty as part of their campaign started in 2009 to put an end to executions in Belarus.

Young man sentenced to death in double murder and dismemberment case

  A young man has been sentenced to death for brutally murdering his wife and her alleged lover in Hrodna in August 2012.

Parliamentary group on death penalty resumes its work

The National Assembly\'s working group on the death penalty has resumed its work...

EU, Council of Europe urge Belarus to impose moratorium on death penalty

In a joint declaration made Wednesday on the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty...

Malady Front calls on House of Representative to debate moratorium on death penalty

Malady Front has called on the House of Representatives to debate the possible establishment of a moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus...

Belarusian Popular Front demands moratorium on death penalty

  The Soym (Council) of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) on March 31 adopted a statement calling on the House of Representatives of the National Assembly to impose a moratorium on executions by adopting a special bill.

Death penalty disqualifies Belarus from any status in Council of Europe, secretary general says

  The use of the death penalty makes it impossible for Belarus to have any status in the Council of Europe, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland told reporters in Strasbourg on January 25.