The BHC sent information to the Special Rapporteur on the situation with human rights in Belarus on the adoption by the House of Representatives in the first reading of the draft Law “On Amending Codes on Criminal Liability”. The draft law proposes to amend the sanction of part 2 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code, providing for the possibility of imposing the death penalty for treason against the state committed by an official holding a public position or a person covered by the status of a military man.
The BHC has sent information to the Special Rapporteurs on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and on the human rights situation in Belarus on amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, which provide for the expansion of the possibilities for the use of the death penalty.
On November 24, 2017, the regular expanded meeting of the working group of the National Council of Belarus on exploring the issue of death penalty as a tool of punishment used in the Republic of Belarus took place in the House of Representatives under the leadership of A. Naumovich. We recall that 2 more such thematic meetings took place on September 13 and March 23.
The second phase of the social research "Crime and punishment: Public perception, judgment and opinion" was conducted by the SATIO Group of companies as a part of the campaign "Non-capital punishment: because we are human". The research was commissioned by Penal Reform Int. and conducted with the consultative support of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.