After a year without executions, the Belarusian authorities executed two men in 2010 and sentenced three people to death. So far in 2011, at least one man has been executed, and two have been sentenced to death.
Amnesty International joined Human Rights Centre Viasna and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee in a petition to President Lukashenka. We called on the President to immediately establish a moratorium on executions and commute the sentences of all those on death row as a first step towards abolishing the death penalty. Signatures were collected online, at events and on the streets. In total, more than 100.000 people across the world signed the petition.
It is a powerful message to the Belarusian authorities that the time has come to stop state killings.