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Another execution in Belarus: court verdict against Ryhor Yuzepchuk carried out


Mahilyou regional court informed that Ryhor Yuzepchuk has been executed. 45-year-old man was sentenced to death for killing his cellmate. The cellmate allegedly gambled away his life in domino game.

The death sentence to Ryhor Yuzepchyk was delivered on 25 April 2013, but did cause any considerable public outcry. The reason was the lack of information about the case and the identity of the murderer. For a long time, the authorities did not make even the name of the condemned person public.

Why system is silent about death executions?

On 25 April 2013, Mahilyou regional court sentenced Ryhor Yuzepchuk to death penalty. The case was heard at Mahilyou SIZO (investigative detention centre), and the hearing was closed for the public. The Supreme court upheld the verdict.

The Mahilyou court con...

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Miklós Haraszti : halt further executions


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, has urged the Belarusian authorities to impose an immediate moratorium on death sentences and to refrain from carrying out further executions.

Mr. Haraszti’s appeal follows the reported execution of Pavel Sialiun and a Supreme Court ruling last week upholding the death sentence against Eduard Lykau, both convicted for murder. Belarus is the only European country that still retains the death penalty.

No reports of executions for a considerable time, despite the imposition of several new death sentences, had filled the international community with the hope that Belarus had started a practical moratorium, which would then lead to a legal moratorium, and finally to the abolition of capital...

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“In the name of the Republic of Belarus”: Pavel Sialiun executed


Death convict Pavel Sialiun is said to have been executed one of these days. Meanwhile, his complaint is still pending before the UN Human Rights Committee. This means that Belarus has once again breached its international obligations.

On 12 June 2013, the Hrodna Regional Court found Pavel Sialiun, 23 years old former student of the Belarusian State University’s History Department, guilty under four articles of the Criminal Code, including double murder, theft and desecration of corpses. The young man had no criminal record. He said his actions were an act of jealousy – he killed his wife and her lover.

For multiple offenses, the trial court sentenced Pavel Sialiun to capital punishment.

The convict appealed against the verdict...

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Another death sentence issued in Belarus


26-year-old Homel resident Aliaksandr Hrunou has been repeatedly sentenced to death. According to the lawyer, the young man does not believe that he can be pardoned by the President, and therefore he is not sure whether he will apply for clemency.

On April 8, the Supreme Court re-heard the appeal of Aliaksandr Hrunou against the death sentence, issued to him by the Homel Regional Court. The young man was charged under Part 6 paragraph 2 of Article 139 of the Criminal Code – murder committed with extreme cruelty.

Story of the murder of a Homel student

September 20, 2012 Aliaksandr Hrunou killed his acquaintance, student Natallia Yemelyanchykava. He kept contacts with her brother. Both of them took part in skinhead movements and had a criminal record...

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Belarusian public opinion on crime and punishment, including the death penalty

In 2013, non-governemental organisation Penal Reform International commissioned a detailed survey of public opinion about crime, punishment and the death penalty in Belarus.

Market researchers, Satio, conducted the survey, interviewing 1,000 participants. The results show that opinions around capital punishment are more varied and nuanced than is often stated, while public attitudes about crime in general are strongly affected by respondents’ social position, background and emotions.

Key findings included:

  1. Support for the death penalty is only 64% – significantly down on the 80% who supported capital punishment in a 1996 referendum.
  2. Concerns about personal safety appeared to be a key reason for supporting the death penalty.
  3. Three-quarters of respondents felt that convicting an innoce...
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Catherine Ashton calls on Belarus to join global moratorium on the death penalty


The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement on December 19:

The High Representative regrets the death sentence recently handed down to an individual by the Minsk Regional Court. She hopes that his right to appeal will be fully exercised.

She is conscious of the serious nature of the crimes for which he has been convicted. However, capital punishment can never be justified. The European Union opposes capital punishment under all circumstances. The death penalty is cruel and inhuman punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

The High Representative urges Belarus, the only country in Eu...

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A modern and just society cannot be based on the ideology of death: Abolish the death penalty!


The 11th World Day Against the Death Penalty is marked today, on October 10, 2013. Throughout the world, civil society activists and abolitionism associations unite to remind the international community about the absurdity of the punishment and the cruelty of executions.

Long Live Death!” With these words, Franco’s rebels would celebrate their victories during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. Thus, states that prefer death to life and barbarism to the mind have always existed and, unfortunately, continue to exist. The death penalty itself is a manifestation of this distorted thinking.

58 more or less affluent countries that are either democracies or dictatorships can now legally sentence one of its citizens to death...

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Death penalty in Belarus: UN expert calls to stop executions after recent court rulings


GENEVA (9 October 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, urged the Government of Belarus to start an immediate moratorium on executions before the relevant legislation and court system can be reformed and capital punishment can be removed from the country’s Criminal Code. Belarus is the only European country that still retains the death penalty for certain crimes during times of peace and war.

I am deeply disappointed by the rulings of Belarusian courts which continue to hand down death sentences to the country’s citizens,” Mr. Haraszti said, expressing his regret regarding the decision of the country’s Supreme Court, which on 18 September ruled to uphold the death sentence handed to Pavel Selyun. Mr...

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Supreme Court confirms death verdict for Pavel Sialiun


The Supreme Court dismissed today an appeal against the death sentence handed down on June 12 by the Hrodna Regional Court to Pavel Sialiun, who found guilty of committing four criminal offences, including double murder, theft and desecration of corpses.

The appeal was considered by the panel of judges presided by Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court, Valery Kalinkovich, reports Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

Ahead of the consideration of the appeal, the death convict’s mother addressed the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret with a request to ask Aliaksandr Lukashenka to pardon her son and abolish the death penalty against him. The Belarusian Orthodox Church has repeatedly opposed the death penalty in Belarus.

Pavel Sialiun will apply for clemency to the President...

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