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President of Belarus
Vul. Karla Marksa, 38
220016 Minsk, Belarus
Fax: +375 17 226 06 10
+375 17 222 38 72
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Dmitry Basik
Embassy of Belarus
1619 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 986 9420 I Fax: 202 986 1805
Email: [email protected]y
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
I am writing to express my concern about the fate of Viktar Paulau who was convicted and sentenced to death on 30 July by the Viciebsk Regional Court and whose sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court on 12 November.
Viktar Paulau was found guilty of the murder of two people in December 2018. According to local human rights defenders, there were irregularities in the court hearing which violated his right to a fair trial. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the sentence, Viktar Paulau is now at risk of imminent execution. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and should be abolished.
Belarus remains the only country in Europe and the former Soviet Union which still carries out executions.
I urge you to ommediately halt the execution of Viktar Paulau and all those on death row in Belarus; immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty; commute all death sentences to terms of imprisonment.