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Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the death penalty in Belarus

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 25 May 2016
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Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the death penalty in Belarus

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe deeply deplores the third death sentence passed by a Belarusian court in 2016, this time against Siarhei Vostrykau, on 19 May. It recalls that capital punishment contravenes the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Committee of Ministers appeals to the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty, as a first step towards its abolition, taking into consideration Belarus’ intention to become a member of the Council of Europe.


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