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Status: retentionist

In Belarus, the death penalty is retained in law and in practice. National legislation
stipulates its application as an exceptional punishment for particularly serious
crimes. During the reporting period, three death sentences were handed down for
premeditated murder.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, at its 22nd annual session in Istanbul from 29
June to 3 July 2013, adopted a resolution calling on Belarus to withdraw all current
death sentences and abolish the death penalty. In January 2013, the Chairman
of the Constitutional Court, Petr Miklashevich, stressed that the question of a
moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus remains open and that the Court is
ready to consider the issue if relevant requests are made.



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