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Trump's last days in office marred by disregard for human life. Death penalty just another example.

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Trump reinstated federal executions after nearly 20 years, with two slated for this week. When will the U.S. drop the practice and join other Western nations? If there's one thing that has defined the final days of the Trump administration, it's the lack of regard for human life. We saw that play out Wednesday after President Donald Trump incited rioters to bust through the U.S. Capitol and hunt down members of Congress.  Inciting a violent assault on the Capitol also displayed a disregard for democracy and the rule of law. This was the tragic finale of four years of failed federal leadership, and far from the only instance where the president’s disdain for human life has been demonstrated. His abject failure to provide the leadership necessary to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond dispute, with the consequence being that the daily death count from COVID-19 has now surpassed that of 9/11. In the face of these unfolding tragedies, and at a time when the Trump

Belarus MPs to mull over abolishing death penalty

The first package of amendments into the Belarusian criminal legislation has already been approved by the National Assembly; it is to come into force in 2021.

The second package is being developed. The lawmakers are expected to consider it in a few months. It might take effect no earlier than next year. 

The proposal to remove from the Criminal Code the option of the death penalty as maximum punishment is the most revolutionary item included in the package.

Belarus remains the only country in Europe that still applies capital punishment. 

The West has repeatedly called on the Belarusian authorities to join a global moratorium as a first step towards the abolition of death penalty.

The exact number of executions in Belarus is unknown, but local human rights defenders and journalists have worked tirelessly to uncover some information about death sentences and executions. 

According to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus, 245 people were sentenced to death from 1994 to 2014. 

Human rights NGOs believe that around 400 people have been executed since the country gained its independence in 1991. 

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka granted a pardon to only one convict.

Source: belsat.eu, Staff, January 5, 2021


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