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Authorities in Belarus, the only country in Europe that practices capital punishment, has reportedly executed a sentenced to death on a murder conviction.

The unregistered Vyasna (Spring) human rights center in Minsk said on November 4 that Alyaksandr Hrunou, who was sentenced last year after being convictyed of stabbing a woman a woman to death in 2012, had been executed.

Vyasna cited Hrunou's mother as saying that she had received her son's belongings, including clothes he wore in a death row cell, by mail.

Vyasna also said it learned on November 3 that Hrunou's appeal for clemency was denied in early October.

Relatives of people executed in Belarus are rarely informed officially and are not told what has been done with the body.

Belarus is known to have executed two other convicts this year.

Vyasna says five people were executed in Belarus from 2010 to 2012 and at least one person remains on death row.

A human rights group in Tajikistan has urged the government to compensate families of army conscripts killed in hazing incidents.

In a statement issued on November 3, the Amparo human rights center said at least two conscripts have been killed and one left paralyzed in bullying incidents this year.

In June, a Tajik Army sergeant was sentenced to nine years in jail for beating a conscript to death during a hazing incident in the northern Khujand Province.

Violent hazing has been a persistent problem in former Soviet republics.

Amparo is based in the provincial capital of Khujand, Tajikistan's second-largest city.

The group also said that raids across Tajikistan to round up young men avoiding conscription have decreased in frequency but continue.

Two years of military service is mandatory for men aged 18-27 in the Central Asian nation.

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