The question of abolishing the death penalty is an internal affair of Belarus,
while the whole Belarusian society should be involved in decision-making on
this issue. This is stated in a joint press release of February 23 by the
standing committees of the House of Representatives for International Affairs
and the CIS Relations and Legislation, Judicial and Legal Affairs.
Deputies note that the norms of the international law (Article 6 of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) let executions be carried
out for "the most serious crimes on the basis of the courts judgments, applying
all but minors and pregnant women."
"The Republic of Belarus strictly observes its international obligations in
this matter, and our legislation goes even further in this question. In
accordance with the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, the death penalty
is applicable only for crimes associated with the deliberate deprivation of
life under aggravating circumstances and is prohibited with respect to all
women, minors and men over 65 years without any exception," said in a news
According to the deputies, the death penalty in Belarus is, "in fact,
represented by single, exceptional cases based on an assessment of all the
circumstances of the gravity of the offense."
MPs: Parliament interferes in the internal affairs of Belarus
"European Parliament Resolution on the death penalty in Belarus is a
continuation of the practice of exerting pressure on the Belarusian authorities
and interference in the internal affairs of our state. The European Parliament
seems to be concerned less about that the reliability and validity of facts,"
say the members of the House of Representatives.
They note that "on the basis of some non-governmental organizations’
information," the European Parliament flatly acknowledges the Supreme Court
decision in the case of Belarus Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev as
unfair, "despite the fact that the consideration of this case was openly
conducted ad highlighted by the media. Citing anonymous observers during the
trial, the authors of the resolution point to the alleged serious procedural
violations during the investigation and trial," emphasize the deputies.
According to them, "the fact that our state is called "Belarusian Federation"
in the text, posted on the official website of the European Parliament, is
indicative of the quality of resolution."
As Telegraf previously reported, February 16, the European Parliament adopted a
resolution on Belarus, which condemned the use of the death penalty. MEPs
called on the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to impose a moratorium
on all death sentences and executions with a view to abolishing the death
penalty from the penal system. They also called to pardon Dmitri Konovalov and
Vladislav Kovalev, sentences for allegedly committing terrorist attacks in