01/16/2018

Urgent Action Update: Execution Imminent After Death Sentence Upheld (Belarus: UA 195.17)


The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.

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The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the President to grant clemency to Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy;
  • Calling on the President to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty;
  • Stress that whilst we are not seeking to downplay the seriousness of the crime, research shows that the death penalty does not have a unique deterrent effect and is the ultimate denial of human rights.

Contact these two officials by 23 February, 2018:

President
Alyaksandr Lukashenka Vul. Karla Marksa
38220016 Minsk, Belarus
Fax: +375 17 226 06 10 +375 17 222 38 72
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear President

Chargé d´Affaires Mr. Pavel Shidlovsky
Embassy of Belarus
1619 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 986 9420 OR 1 202 986 1606
Fax: 202 986 1805 OR 1 202 986 1805
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 195.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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