EU, Rights Groups condemn executions in Belarus

December 5th, 2016   Theme: Belarus

According to the Belarusian NGO Viasna, Siarhei Khmialeuski, Ivan Kulesh and possibly Hyanadz Yakavitski have all been executed with a gunshot to the back of the head, after November 5. The fate of the fourth man on death row, Siarhei Vostrykau, hangs in the balance following his death sentence on 19 May.

Amnesty International’s campaigner on Belarus, Aisha Jung, said on November 30 that the “sudden and shameful purge” of death-row prisoners in Belarus was “additionally shameful” because executions there “are typically shrouded in secrecy and carried out at a moment’s notice.”

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