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Stop executions in Belarus !!!
Belarus is the last country in Europe and in the former Soviet Union that still carries
All information on the death penalty in Belarus is kept secret. There are no available
statistics for the number of executions.
Amnesty International, however, estimates that as many as 400 people may have
been executed since Belarus gained its independence in 1991.
At least four people were executed and one more sentenced to death in 2008.
Prisoners on death row are told they will be executed only moments before the
sentence is carried out. They are shot in the back of the head. The body is not handed
over to the family, who are informed only after the event, and the place of burial is
kept secret causing further distress to relatives.
Image showing a simulation of the execution method used in Belarus on next page- the
executioner shoots the victim in the back of the head with a silenced Makarov pistol -
February 2009 ©Amnesty International…read more
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The Iranian authorities continue to sentence people to death by stoning.
Currently there are at least 11 individuals at risk of execution by stoning. According
to Iran's Penal Code, execution by stoning is prescribed for "adultery while being
The Penal Code specifies the manner of execution and types of stones that
should be used. Article 102 states that men will be buried up to their waists and
women up to their breasts for the purpose of execution by stoning.
Article 104 states, with reference to the penalty for adultery, that the stones used
should "not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes; nor should
they be so small that they could not be defined as stones". This makes it clear
that the purpose of stoning is to inflict pain in a process leading to slow death.
In mid-2006, a group of Iranian human rights defenders, mostly women,
including activists, journalist and lawyers, began a campaign to abolish stoning.
The 'Stop Stoning Forever' Campaign aims to save the life of anyone under
sentence of stoning in Iran and to abolish stoning in law and in practice. Since the
campaign began, at least 15 individuals have been saved from stoning and others
have been granted stays of execution. However, in at least three cases,
individuals sentenced to stoning have been executed by hanging.…read more