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Mylène Farmer signs petition against the death penalty in Belarus

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On October 24, three days before her arrival in Minsk, where Mylène Farmer is expected to present to the public her new show “Timeless”, she signed a petition of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus.”

The well-known French singer did not remain indifferent to a letter from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, in which human rights activists told her about the problem of the death penalty in Belarus – the last country in Europe, where people are still deprived of life on behalf of the state.

There can be no higher goal, more holy, more worthy than this one: abolish the death penalty,” Mylène Farmer quoted these lines when signing the petition...

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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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EU and Council of Europe urge Belarus to abolish death penalty

European Day against the Death Penalty

Strasbourg, 09.10.2013 – The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, have issued a joint declaration to mark the 7th European Day against the Death Penalty (10 October).

In the declaration, Secretary General Jagland and High Representative Ashton reiterate their strong opposition to the use of capital punishment, underling its inhumane and cruel nature and its failure to prevent crime.

Encouraged by the growing momentum towards worldwide abolition, they nevertheless state that the resumption of executions in different parts of the world and voices in favour of the death penalty – including in Europe – show the continuing need to spell out why it runs contrary to...

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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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“Last Dawn” as an opportunity to share your position on the death penalty


A rock concert “Last Dawn”, dedicated to the issue of the use of the death penalty in Belarus, was held on 5 October in Bialystok. Thanks to the online broadcasting, it was watched by thousands of Belarusians, regardless the border between Poland and Belarus, the “black lists” of the musicians who took part in the concert, and a ban on the discussion of the topic of the death penalty in the public space in Belarus.

On 10 October, the World Day against the Death Penalty, the broadcast version of the musical project “Last Dawn” appeared on the web. It contains new songs presented by Liavon Volski, Anastasiya Shpakouskaya, Aliaksandr Pamidorau, Hanna Khitryk, Viktar Rudenka. Ales Dzianisau and Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich.

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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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Belarusian human rights defenders marched against death penalty in Madrid

The organizers and participants of the 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty marched yesterday in the streets of Madrid, the city that has become the capital of struggling for the abolition of the cruel and inhuman punishment around the world.

Representatives of the “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus” campaign participated in the demonstration, carrying the event’s symbol, a red palm with the words “Say NO to the Death Penalty”, together with their own campaign leaflets, which were handed out to both the demonstrators and ordinary passers-by.

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The march attracted much attention of Madrid residents and tourists. It was led by a group of young drummers, who set the rhythm for the entire column of demonstrators...

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PACE Rapporteurs warn against threatened execution in Belarus

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Strasbourg, 13.06.2013 – Marina Schuster (Germany, ALDE), the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have expressed deep concern at press reports according to which another death sentence was handed down in Belarus yesterday.

Belarus is the only country in Europe still applying the death penalty. We can only call on the competent authorities to avoid taking another step away from the family of European nations which has done away with this cruel and inhuman punishment, a relic of another age,” they said.

Referring to the Parliamentary Assembly’s Resolution 1857 (2012), Schuster stated that the Council of Europe will continue i...

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UN Human Rights Council Belarus: refusal to cooperate triggers renewal of the Special Rapporteur mandate


International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Human Rights Center “VIASNA”

Today (13 June 2013), the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus and expressing deep concern at continuing violations of human rights in the country.

In strong language, the resolution «urges the Government of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release and rehabilitate all political prisoners, (…) and to put an immediate end to the arbitrary detention of Human Rights Defenders, arbitrary travel bans (…) aimed at intimimidating representatives of the political opposition and the media, as well as human rights defenders and civil society».

The Council sent the clear message to Belarus that ...

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Human Rights Defenders: mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus should be renewed


Belarusian Human Rights Defenders hold briefing as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council Session that Opened on May 27 in Geneva.

This event was organized by the international human rights organizations Civicus, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, Amnesty International, and Human Rights House Network. Belarusian participants in the briefing included Oleg Gulak, Chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Tatyana Revyako, representative of the shuttered Human Rights Center Viasna, and Andrey Bastunets, an attorney from the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

In an interview with BelaPAN, Oleg Gulak said that the briefing attracted a great deal of attention. “Over 60 diplomats attended,” he said. “We told them about the situation in Belarus and about how we see it...

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