EU opposes two executions in Belarus, reiterates its position on capital punishment

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Photo: European Union

“The execution of Aliaksandr Zhylnikau has taken place in Belarus in June 2019; according to reports there is a high probability that Viachaslau Sukharka was also executed,” said the EU in a statement issued on 14 June.

“The European Union expresses its sincere sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of the crimes committed. At the same time, the EU reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and calls on Belarus to introduce a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition.”

The EU reiterated that “the death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment”. 

“The continued application of the death penalty goes counter [to] Belarus' international commitments. Belarus is the only country in Europe still applying capital punishment,” it underlined, concluding the statement.

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