Jagland Calls Belarus to Adopt an Immediate Moratorium on Executions

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6TO2Ctws1-Y/S-GanD9xX6I/AAAAAAAAAWc/aCBCnRHK5Qo/s1600/council-of-europe.jpgStrasbourg, 15.02.2011 – “I am deeply disappointed and concerned by the decision taken on Friday by the Supreme Court of Belarus to confirm yet another death sentence in the country,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

“I note the growing debate on abolition of the death penalty in Belarus, but talk is not enough to pave the way to a moratorium. There is now a need for a genuine political will to turn words into action. Capital punishment has no place in the penal systems of modern societies,” said Mr Jagland.

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