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Belarus: Recent Executions Of Two Men – Capital Punishment In Use

Posted by Info on 22/07/2011

Following the recent executions of two men, Oleg Grishkovets and Andrei Burdyka, in Belarus, the rapporteur on Belarus for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has reiterated the Assembly’s long-standing and categorical opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances.

“It is with deep regret that I learnt of these executions in Belarus, a country which I cherish and which I would like to bring closer to the Council of Europe family,” Mr Herkel said. “The Belarusian authorities must cease the application of the death penalty for all offences, and immediately institute a moratorium to spare the lives of those on death row. Furthermore, I find it unacceptable that neither the prisoners nor their relatives were informed of the date in advance.

While aiming for the universal abolition of the death penalty, the Council of Europe seeks a moratorium in Belarus, whose “Special guest” status was suspended in 1997 and cannot be reinstated until the country enforces a moratorium on capital punishment and until there is substantial, tangible and verifiable progress in terms of respect for the democratic values and principles upheld by the Council of Europe.

UN calls on member states to stop executions—

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Belarus: One Peaceful Protest Then Arrest, What Is Going On in Detention?

Posted by Info on 22/07/2011

Syarhei Kraido, Syarhei Kalasouski and Alena Savich, arrested after silent protests actions in Minsk on July 6, report about their treatment.

Syarhei Kraido:
“Upon arriving in Zhodzina we got out of vans, we saw a great number of police officers, heard dog barking and saw a masked riot policeman with a baton just near the van. We were guarded to a cellar and made to stand with the face against the wall. Then were led through a dark tunnel one by one. Two masked men stood there. One of them hit in the stomach with his baton, the other one hit in the back of the head…. We left the detention facility through the black door. We were taken to a field and left there.”

Syarhei Kalasouski and his wife Alena Savich were detained on July 6 and sentenced by district court to 7 -10 days.
Policemen wanted to fingerprint Alena, but she refused, because the law does not oblige her to do this…there were lots of cockroaches in cells. A lot of prisoners had problems with the stomach due to bad food.
Toilets in cells were not protected from views. Guards watching prisoners through the eyehole in the door could see what people usually do in the toilet…. people left the detention facility through the black door without money, IDs and personal belongings but a certificate of release.

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