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Belarus cannot move closer to PACE as long as it imposes the death penalty

“Belarus’s efforts to move closer to the Parliamentary Assembly will remain vain and fruitless as long as the death penalty is imposed on any Belarusian citizen,” two rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have said, speaking following the execution of Hryhoriy Yuzepchuk.

In a joint statement, Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE), newly-appointed Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, and Marietta Karamanli (France, SOC), Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, said: “Murder and capital punishment will never be opposites that cancel one another out. When the state itself kills, the maxim ‘thou shalt not kill’ loses the force of the absolute and its status as a fundamental human right is undermined. This is and will remain non-negotiable for our Assembly.”