Eurasia Review -- The Belarusian Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the death sentence against Aliaksei Mikhalenia.
The decision has brought condemnation from the EU.
“The continued application of the death penalty runs counter to Belarus’ stated willingness to engage with the international community, including the European Union, on the matter,” the spokesperson for the European External Action Service said in a statement.
“The European Union reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment and urges Belarus, the only country in Europe still applying capital punishment, to commute the remaining death sentences and to introduce without delay a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards its abolition,” the statement concluded.
Source: Eurasia Review, July 1, 2017
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