The Council of Europe and the European Union have urged Belarus to introduce a moratorium on death penalty.
Their joint declaration was issued on the eve of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty.
“The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity,” the message reads.
It adds that the abolition of the death penalty is a distinctive achievement in Europe, with all European Union and Council of Europe Member States having abolished it.
It is also a prerequisite for membership of the Council of Europe.
“The Council of Europe and the European Union … urge Belarus… to introduce a moratorium as a decisive step to bringing the country closer to pan-European legal standards,” the statement says.
The European bodies have once again reminded that Belarus remains “the only European country” still applying this punishment.
The traditional Week against the Death Penalty is taking place in Belarus on 5-10 October. The Week is organized by Belarusian human rights defenders.
At present, there are four people sentenced to death in Belarus.