Mylène Farmer  says no to death penalty in Belarus

On October 24, 2013 legendary French singer Mylène Farmer signed a petition of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”, human rights centre Viasna reports.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Viasna sent a letter to the renowned person, in which activists unveiled the nature of the problem of the death penalty in Belarus.

“There can be no higher goal, more holy, more worthy than this one: abolish the death penalty,” Mylène Farmer quoted these lines when signing the petition. They belong to the French writer Victor Hugo, who in the preface to the novel “The Last Day of a Condemned Man” (1829) expresses his feelings that the death penalty should be abolished, wondering why one person has the right to take the life of another and claiming that his role is “the role of patron for all possible defendants, either guilty or innocent, before all the courts and the tribunals, before all the jurors, before all the arbiters of justice.

The petition calls on the Belarusian authorities to abolish the death penalty in the country: “Today, when all the countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union have abolished the death penalty, it is time for Belarus to join the civilized space of humanism, a space free from murder by the state”.

Earlier the idea of abolishing the death penalty in Belarus was supported by British singer Sting and 2012 Eurovision winner Loreen.

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