“I reiterate my call on the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty, as a matter of urgency, and as the first step towards its full abolition. It is the only way forward,” Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), PACE’s General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty said in the statement published on the official website of the Assembly, ONA reports.
“Regardless of the gravity of the offence and the public interest in imposing a proportionate sanction, European democratic standards prohibit the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. Belarus has once again shown that it does not fully subscribe to basic European standards, and its use of the death penalty continues to prevent the development of deeper relations with the Council of Europe” the statement reads.
Note that Belarus is the only state in Europe that still applies the death penalty. The country’s record counts over 400 executions in the past 20 years.