Posted on 09.05.2013 in Belarus, Publications

Ashton regrets death sentence in Belarus – only country in Europe applying capital punishment

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has voiced regret over the death sentence recently handed down to an individual by the Mahilyow Regional Court in Belarus. 

In a statement issued by her spokesperson today, Ashton said she was aware of the serious nature of the crime for which this individual had been convicted, but did not believe that capital punishment could ever be justified.

In the statement, Ashton voiced hope that the individual’s right to appeal would be fully exercised.
 
The EU opposes capital punishment under all circumstances, she said, adding: “The death penalty is considered to be a cruel and inhuman punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.”
 
The High Representative urged Belarus, the only country in Europe still applying capital
punishment, to join a global moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards its universal abolition.
Read the full statement here