The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to consider a question of death penalty in Belarus.
Mikalay Samaseyka, chairman of the Committee on International Affairs in the House of Representatives, and Aliaksandr Zazulya, chairman of the Committee on State System Building and Local Self-government and Rules of Procedure, are taking part in the sittings. Mikalay Samaseyka is expected to picture Minsk’s official stance on the capital punishment.
On June 13, 2013 Marina Schuster, the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Andres Herkel, Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, expressed deep concern at press reports according to which another death sentence had been handed down in Belarus on June 12.
“Belarus is the only country in Europe still applying the death penalty. We can only call on the competent authorities to avoid taking another step away from the family of European nations which has done away with this cruel and inhuman punishment, a relic of another age,” they said.
At least three people have been sentenced to death in Belarus this year.