Belarus is the last European country where the death penalty is practiced.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe have made a statement on the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty in which they once again call on the Belarusian authorities to impose a moratorium on the death penalty, tut.by reports.
The statement says that the Council of Europe and the European Union reiterate their strong rejection of capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases.
“The death penalty is an insult to human dignity. It is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, it contradicts the right to life. The death penalty has no proven preventive effect and makes judicial errors irreversible,” – the statement says.
The representatives of the EU and the Council of Europe remind that the abolition of the death penalty at the legislative level or in practice is one of the prerequisites for membership in the Council of Europe. And once again they urge Belarus to impose a moratorium on the capital punishment.