PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty Aleksandar Nikoloski (North Macedonia, EPP/CD) reacted today to a new death sentence in Belarus:
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s judgment of the Minsk Regional Court, sentencing Aleksandr Taratuta (convicted of murder) to death. While I express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by this heinous crime, I call on the Belarusian authorities not to carry out this cruel and barbaric sentence.
Belarus remains the only country in Europe to impose and carry out death sentences, contrary to a worldwide abolition trend. The death penalty is irreversible. It strikes at the very core of human dignity and should have no place in any modern society.
As stressed in my recent statement on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, regardless of the nature of the offence committed and conduct of the person concerned, everyone enjoys an absolute right not to be treated in an inhuman or degrading manner.
The Council of Europe will stand fast in its efforts to ensure that our continent remains a death-penalty-free zone and will continue to promote its universal abolition, as stressed at the Council of Europe Reykjavik Summit earlier this year.”