“On 30 July, the Viciebsk Regional Court in Belarus reportedly sentenced to death Viktar Paulau after finding him guilty of double murder,” said the EU Spokesperson in a statement issued on the same day, adding that the EU “expresses its sincere sympathy to the families and friends of the victims”.
The statement added that Belarus is the only country in all of Europe exercising death penalty.
“The death penalty does not serve as a deterrent to crime, and any errors become irreversible,” the EU reiterated. “It is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and a violation of the right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
The EU suggested that commuting the remaining death sentences and introducing a moratorium on the death penalty would be a positive first step towards its abolition in the country.
“Tangible steps taken by Belarus to respect universal human rights, including on the death penalty, remain key for shaping the EU's future policy towards Belarus,” the statement concluded.
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