The death penalty in Europe and Central Asia in 2008

Colonel Oleg Alkaev talking about the Death Penalty

© Amnesty International

Europe has the potential to become the first death penalty-free region of the world. In 2008, only Belarus carried out executions (at least four) and sentenced to death at least one person. The Russian Federation has held a moratorium on executions and death sentences for more than 10 years but still needs to abolish the death penalty in law.

In Central Asia, there is a clear move towards abolition. Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan retained the death penalty when they gained independence in 1991. However, by December 2008 Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan had abolished the death penalty in law. Tajikistan has moratoria on executions and death sentences.

: Ask President Lukashenka to declare an immediate moratorium on executions

Ending executions in Europe-Towards abolition of the death penalty in Belarus – analysis of the application of the death penalty in Belarus.
Death sentences and executions in 2008 – developments around the worldwide application of the death penalty in 2008.