PACE President Alexander Lukashenko urged to terminate the three death sentences

"I call on President Lukashenko immediately change other death sentences," said Rene van der Linden. Recalling that death does not mean justice, he called on President Lukashenko to declare a moratorium on the execution of death sentences as clear and definite step towards rapprochement between Belarus and Council of Europe.
"The death penalty has no legitimate place in systems of modern civilized societies punishment. Desire to introduce an immediate moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty and its abolition is a prerequisite for admission to the PACE," he added.
Belarus is not a member of Council of Europe. Special guest status of the Parliamentary Assembly for Belarusian Parliament was suspended January 13, 1997

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