New capital punishment in Belarus: EU says it opposes such a decision in all circumstances

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

Following the handing down of a death sentence to Belarusian citizen Viktar Serhil by Brest Regional Court, the EU made a statement on 28 October.

“The European Union expresses its sincere sympathy to all those affected by the crime,” said EU Spokesperson, adding, “the European Union opposes capital punishment in all circumstances.”

“Capital punishment is an inhumane and ineffective punishment, that fails to act as a deterrent,” stresses the EU in its statement.

“A moratorium on executions in Belarus would be a positive first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country,” added the statement. “By doing so, Belarus would join the growing number of countries to have eradicated the death penalty either in law or de facto, which has meant that over the last 10 years, no executions have taken place in 160 countries worldwide.”

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