The EU is alarmed of yet two new and recent executions in Belarus. The executions of Viktar Lyotaw and Alyaksey Mikhalenya have taken place in secret in mid-May 2018.
The EU reaffirms its principled position against the death penalty in all times and in any circumstance. There is no credible evidence of the death penalty as a deterrent to crime more effective than imprisonment and such practice is cruel and irreconcilable with the concept of human dignity.
We note with regret that it is the third time this year that the circumstances compel the EU to deliver a statement on the subject of death penalty in Belarus, in this Committee.
There is no place for death penalty in Europe.
We thus call on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from further executions and to establish a moratorium on the death penalty, as a first step towards its abolition.
The European Union and the Council of Europe share a common vision of a death penalty free European continent. We hope for more action against the death penalty in Belarus, also within the framework of the existing cooperation between Belarus and Council of Europe. This issue will therefore remain at the top of the agenda of both organizations, which will continue to make best use of their resources to pursue such objective.