2016 15/03

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“A world without the death penalty will not be weaker, it will only improve,” said Andrea Rigoni, representative of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, in his speech at today’s international conference in Minsk. Continue reading »

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2016 17/02

The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted the UN Human Rights Committee by Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed in 2014.
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2014 17/11

Homel Center for Strategic litigation sent a message to Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings. Continue reading »

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2014 14/11

The case of the resident of the Drahichyn district Vasil Yuzepchuk was considered by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in October 2014. The Committee admitted violation of paragraph 3 of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as Yuzepchuk was not brought before a judge promptly to address the issue of his arrest. Continue reading »

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2014 27/08

ai-ukraineOn Friday Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council announced that fighters from the group had seized a penitentiary institution in Donetsk and threatened to kill all prisoners facing life sentences, forcing the others to join their ranks. Continue reading »

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2012 02/04

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Additional information concerning the case of death convict Uladzislau Kavaliou was submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee by his mother and sister, Liubou Kavaliova and Tatsiana Kaziar.
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2012 20/03
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On 16 March 2012, Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou were executed, two days after President Lukashenka rejected their request for clemency. Continue reading »

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2012 20/03
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The execution of two men convicted of carrying out a deadly metro bombing last year in Minsk has been condemned by Amnesty International as it called on the Belarus authorities to release the bodies to their families for burial.
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2012 17/03
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Uladzislau Kavaliou, convicted of involvement in the plotting of a terrorist act in Minsk metro on 11 April, 2011, has been executed, says an official communication issued by the Supreme Court of Belarus dated 16 March. Continue reading »

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2012 18/02
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Vladislav Kovalev

Liubou Kavaliova, mother of sentenced to death penalty Vladislau Kovaliou received a response from the Presidential Administration.
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2012 17/02
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The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolution of 17 December 2009 on Belarus1 and to its other resolutions on that subject, in particular those of 15 September 20112, 12 May 20113, 10 March 20114 and 20 January 20115,
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2012 09/02

The mother of the death convict submitted their arguments to the commentaries provided to the UN Human Rights Committee by the Belarusian authorities in connection with the individual communication submitted to the organization on his behalf.
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2011 28/11
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Appeal by Belarusian human rights defenders on a request by the state prosecutor to execute Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou

Belarusian human rights defenders strongly condemn the state prosecutor’s request to sentence to death Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou, defendants in the 11 April 2011 subway bombing trial. Continue reading »

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2011 20/11
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Valiantsin Stefanovich

The Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty are calling upon everyone to help save human lives by signing the online petition against the possible execution of Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou.
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2011 29/07
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А.Savinykh, Belarusian MFA

The UN Human Rights Committee’s statement on Belarus’ violations of its international obligations by executing two death sentences is “injurious”, Belarusian MFA spokesperson Andrei Savinykh said on 28 July.

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2011 28/07

united_nations11The committee – an independent body supervising compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – expressed “dismay” that the executions were the second such breach by Belarus in two years.

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2009 02/12
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Valiantsin Stefanovich

‘Legally, no referendum is needed for the abolition of the death penalty,’ says human rights activist and Viasna’s lawyer Valiantsin Stefanovich, commenting President Continue reading »

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2009 16/11

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has received from the state organs of Belarus explanations concerning the individual communication on behalf of the death convict Vasil Yuzepchuk.

In the information of the Belarusian government it is stated that the communication was illegal as Yuzepchuk hasn’t depleted the national means of defense. It is also stated that at present Yuzepchuk’s petition for clemency is considered by the president. Belarus also refutes the fact of violation of Article 6 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (right to life), as the verdict was issued in conformity with the Belarusian legislation. Continue reading »

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2009 05/11
Paval Sapielka, Miensk

Paval Sapielka, Miensk

The lawyer Pavel Sapelka joined the campaign Human Rights Defenders against Death Penalty and signed the petition to the Belarusian authorities with the demand to abolish the death penalty in the country.

The death penalty is murder. Manslaughter by a man remains a murder irrespective of the way it is referred to by the state and the society, be it the ‘death penalty’, ‘extreme penalty’ or ‘social justice’ – murder stays murder. A civilized state must admit that the death penalty is a vestige of the past. Continue reading »

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2009 29/10

The mother of Andrei Zhuk, who was sentenced to death for alleged murder of two persons in February 2009, has submitted an individual complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee, claiming that in the course of the investigation and the trial, a number of provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated, namely the right to life, the right to freedom of torture, the right to individual liberty and personal immunity and the right to a fair trial. Continue reading »

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2009 15/10

Siarhei Housha

Siarhei Housha

The human rights defenders of Baranavichy seek to stop the disgraceful practice of banning mass actions by the local authorities. Siarhei Housha, Karnei Piatrovich and Viktar Syrytsa prepared an address to the prosecutor’s office of Baranavichy district concerning the ban of a picket to them.

According to Mr. Housha, they are indignant at the very form of the denial: ‘your application for holding a picket in Baranavichy is not in line with the normative acts’. In their address to the prosecutor’s office the human rights defenders point at the fact that the normative acts they allegedly violated weren’t specified in the text of the denial. Besides, the officials exceeded the legal terms for answering. According to the law, the answer was to have been submitted five days before the action, but was submitted just two days prior to it. Continue reading »

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2009 14/10

Uladzimir Katsora

Uladzimir Katsora

On 14 October the head of Homel branch of the For Freedom movement Uladzimir Katsora addressed Homel oblast prosecutor’s office with the demand to instigate a criminal case against the police officers who had drawn up on him deceitful reports following his detention on 16 September. Later Katsora and some other democratic activists of Homel were fined by court on the basis of these documents.

The politician submitted to the head of the Chyhunachny district court of Homel a written refusal to participate in the trial of the administrative case against him. He also received the writ to court for 13 October only on 14 October, by registered mail.  Continue reading »

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2009 13/10

aan1On 12 October 2009 the UN Human Rights Committee registered the individual address of Vasil Yuzepchuk, sentenced to death by Brest oblast court, under number 1906/2009. The appropriate information was received from Geneva office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights by the human rights defender Raman Kisliak.

The Republic of Belarus ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocol to it. Thus, Belarus recognized the competence of the UN Human Rights Committee to consider the individual appeals concerning violations of any of the rights enshrined in the Covenant.  Continue reading »

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