20 January 2018, Saturday, 18:20

Lubou Kavaleva: I can’t get my son back – neither alive, nor dead

The mother of the executed Uladzislau Kavaleu won’t give up attempting to get her son’s body.

October 10 is the World Day Against Death Penalty. Belarus is the only European country where they still sentence to death penalty and it is executed.

It is one of the main reasons for Belarus still not being accepted to the Council of Euroep, Radio Svaboda reports.

Lubou Kavaleva from Vitebsk started a campaign “Give the body back” with the help of Dutch human rights activists. She is trying to make Belarusian authorities give her the body of her sin, who was executed together with Dzmitry Kanavalau after being sentenced to death penalty by the Supreme Court for the blast in the Minsk’s subway. The Dutch human rights activists are collecting signatures under an appeal to the Belarusian authority, which includes the request to abolish death penalty. Lubou Kavaleva explains why this is being done:

“Yes, I can’t get my son back. Unfortunately, I can’t get him back – neither alive, nor dead. It is very painful. You understand, it’s a torture for a mother – not to know where her child is. I think, there’s no guarantee that other people, other Belarusians won’t end up in a situation like mine”.