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EU Condemns Belarus After Latest Execution

  • RFE/RL

The European Union has expressed concern after news that Belarus, the only country in Europe still to apply capital punishment, had executed another prisoner.

In a statement issued on May 7, the EU said the recent execution of Syarhey Ivanua was "particularly disturbing" due to the fact his complaint was pending with the UN Human Rights Committee.

The EU also said the death sentence against Syarhey Khmelevsky, which was upheld by the Belarus Supreme Court on 6 May, has also been confirmed.

In its statement, the EU said it expected Belarus to join a global moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards its abolition.