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Invitation to Side Event on Death Penalty in Belarus

Invitation to Side Event on Death Penalty in Belarus

In the framework of the program of the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, the Human Rights Center Viasna, (Belarus), FIDH and Norwegian Helsinki Committee organizes a side event on the death penalty in Belarus.

Belarus, often called the last dictatorship in Europe, is the only European which still practices the death penalty. According to the Government of Belarus, the country is slowly moving towards abolishing the death penalty, but the process is “lengthy and complicated”. How can the international community, and most notably the European Union, push for the abolition of death penalty in Belarus?

Time:      Wednesday 22 June 2016, from 9am to 11am.

Place:     Prøvesalen, Den norske Opera, Kirsten Flagstads plass, Oslo

To take part, sign up to the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty Congress.  Registration is obligatory, and gives you access also to the full program of the Congress. Find the full program here.

 Program

  • Valentin Stefanovitch,  Human Rights Center Viasna, Belarus
  • Andrei Paluda, head of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against Death Penalty”, Belarus.
  • Liubou Kavaliova, Kavaliova, the mother of Vlad Kovalov, a young man in executed in Belarus
  • Comments by Elisabeth Edland, Policy Officer for Human Rights in Caucasus, Fight against torture, Contacts with Council of Europe, EEAS Directorate for Human Rights and Democracy.

Moderated by Florence Bellivier,  FIDH Deputy Secretary General.

Closing remarks by Secretary general Bjørn Engesland, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

“Belarus has the death penalty. On average, it is being applied 2 – 3 times a year”.  Watch Valentin Stefanovich in a message on death penalty in Belarus.