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OSCE/ODIHR Director calls on Belarus to introduce moratorium on death penalty

WARSAW, 18 February 2016 – Today, following the sentencing to death in Minsk of both Sergei Khmelevsky this week and Henadz Yakaritski on 5 January 2016, Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), called on Belarus to introduce an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and its complete abolition.
“OSCE participating States have committed themselves to keep the question of abolishing capital punishment under consideration,” Director Link said. “Most of our region now recognizes the inherently cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of capital punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent, represents …read more

Source: OSCE

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