Secretary General deeply concerned by reports of third execution in Belarus this year

Strasbourg , 

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said he was deeply concerned by the reports of the third execution in Belarus this year. "Capital punishment is not justice. It directly contradicts European values.

I reiterate the Council of Europe appeal to the authorities of Belarus to establish without delay a moratorium on the death penalty, and to commute any remaining death sentences", he added.