A 21-year-old man, Siarhei Ivanou, has been sentenced to death in Belarus. He is the first person sentenced to death in the country this year.
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Siarhei Ivanou, a 21-year-old man, was sentenced to death on 18 March by the Homel Regional Court for the murder of a 19-year-old woman in August 2013. The court had found him guilty of “committing murder with particular cruelty”, “hooliganism with the use of violence”, robbery and theft. According to the Investigative Committee, Siarhei Ivanou had been under the influence of alcohol and psychotropic drugs when he brutally beat and raped the woman, who died from her injuries. Siarhei Ivanou was also found guilty of stealing her belongings.
In a closed trial, Siarhei Ivanou was represented by a state-appointed lawyer. He can appeal the decision.
Belarus is the last country in Europe and Central Asia still applying the death penalty.
Death sentences are often imposed in Belarus after unfair trials which include forced confessions; they are implemented in strict secrecy and without giving adequate notice to the condemned prisoners
themselves, their families or legal representatives. The authorities refuse to return the bodies of those executed to their relatives or even tell them where they are buried. Executions are carried out despite requests from the UN Human Rights Committee to the government not to do so until the Committee has considered the cases. The Human Rights Committee and others have found that the application of the death penalty in Belarus violates the human rights of those condemned and their families.
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Name: Siarhei Ivanou (m)
Issues: Death penalty, Legal concern
Issue Date: 23 March 2015
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Please write immediately in Belarussian, Russian or your own language:
* Urging President Lukashenka to halt any planned executions and immediately commute the death sentence handed down to Siarhei Ivanou and all others sentenced to death in Belarus;
* Calling on him to establish an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to abolishing it;
* Urging him to ensure that up-to-date information about the use of the death penalty in Belarus is publicly available and that prisoners’ families and lawyers are given full access to them and information about their cases.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 4 MAY 2015 TO:
Vul. Karla Marksa 38
220016 Minsk, Belarus
Fax: 011 375 17 226 06 10
011 375 17 222 38 72
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Salutation: Dear President Lukashenka
Also send copies to:
Charge d'Affaires Mr. Pavel Shidlovsky, Embassy of Belarus
1619 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
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And copies to:
Vul. Internatsianalnaya 22
220050 Minsk, Belarus
Fax: 011 375 17 226 42 52 (Say "fax" clearly if voice answers)
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
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