Mother of executed tries to return body

On the first anniversary of Vladislau Kavaliou death sentencing his mother has called to join the campaign “Give the Body Back!”

Lyubou Kavaliova made a video appeal together with Lera Krasouskaya, the daughter of missing businessman Anatol Krasouski, and Iryna Bahdanava, ex-presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau’s sister. The latter urged to sign Lyubou Kavaliova’s petition and do our best to force the Belarusian authorities to release the political prisoners.

Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou were sentenced to death for the organization of the terroristic act in Minsk underground on April, 11, 2011, with 15 killed and 387 injured. The death verdict to both delivered by the Supreme Court of Belarus on November, 30, 2011 triggered a mixed reaction in society and drew attention to the death penalty issue once again since a greal deal of people considered their guilt as unproven.

On October 4 at one and the same time body bags with living persons inside appeared at railway- and metro stations of five cities in the Netherlands. The flashmobs were lasting from ten to thirty minutes being organised in the period of rush hours while the Dutch were heading for their workplaces. The flashmob became part of campaign “Give the Body Back” which was launched by Lyubou Kavaliova together with Belarus Free Theatre. The initiative is aimed at returning Uladzislau Kavaliou’s body to his mother.Flash mob participants invited passers-by to see the performance out and sign Lyubou Kavaliova’s petition

On November 30, cities around the world celebrate the first abolition of the death penalty by a European state, decreed by Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine in 1786 for his Grand Duchy of Tuscany. On this occasion the participating cities show their commitment for life and against the death penalty. The first action was held in 2002.


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