Belarus – Death penalty (May 9, 2016)

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We condemn the execution in Belarus of Sergei Ivanov, whose case was being considered by the UN Human Rights Committee.

We are concerned at the dismissal by the Supreme Court of Belarus of Sergei Khmelevsky’s appeal against the death sentence handed down to him on February 16, 2016.

France reaffirms its constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.

In its conclusions of February 15, 2016, the Council of Ministers of the European Union condemned the use of the death penalty in Belarus, deplored the death sentences recently handed down and urged the Belarus authorities to establish a moratorium on the death penalty as the first step toward its abolition.