Minsk hosts conference on the death penalty

International Conference: "Death penalty: transcending the divide” conducted jointly by United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and the British Embassy in Minsk. Nikolai Samaseika, Chair of the Belarusian Parliament working group on the death penalty, speaks at the conference More than 100 international and national experts, decision makers, civil society representatives and international development partners gathered in Minsk on the International conference “Death Penalty: Transcending the Divide” for a comprehensive exchange of views within the framework of the discussion and consideration of the issues on death penalty.

More than 100 international and national experts, decision makers, civil society representatives and international development partners gathered in Minsk on the International conference “Death Penalty: Transcending the Divide” for a comprehensive exchange of views within the framework of the discussion and consideration of the issues on death penalty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference: "Death penalty: transcending the divide” conducted jointly by United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and the British Embassy in Minsk. Nikolai Samaseika, Chair of the Belarusian Parliament working group on the death penalty,speaks at the conference.

 

In the welcoming speech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Belarus Valentin Rybakov said: “We are convinced that a wide range of expert views of both supporters and opponents of death penalty would contribute to achieving the key objectives of this conference — to settle the differences and create a further basis for an open dialogue on the issue of death penalty”.

Valentin Rybakov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus.

«We stand here to support you with the experience of other member states with the technical assistance that we can provide and our ability to facilitate different parties. A mission for us — to be a trusted assistant and reliable partner in all our work here», — said UN resident coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha.

According to EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis, «It is very important to approach the people. We have to discuss. This, of course, will take time and the participation of not only politicians but also of people of the civil society. I hope that while this process is going on in Belarus it is evident that there should be a moratorium on the issue of death sentencing and executions. I think that we can welcome Belarus as one of the champions of a moratorium and death penalty and I will be very pleased and proud if we can count on Belarus as a partner on this issue.”

Andrea Rigoni, representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Speeches were also made by British Ambassador to Belarus Fionna Gibb, representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Andrea Rigoni, member of House of Representatives, Chairman of the Working group on death penalty of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Nikolai Samoseiko, and Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg.

This international conference is a platform for international sharing of experience both the countries that still apply death penalty and the countries that abolished it. The participants will discuss related complex issues concerning the functioning of the judicial system, legal guarantees, crime deterrence, sociological and psychological causes of the most serious crimes and the impact of the death penalty.

The main purpose of the conference is to raise public awareness on a range of issues related to death penalty. In addition, this initiative aims at introducing an interdisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive and unbiased analysis of the situation with the use of death penalty in the world. 

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