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UK hopes Belarus would introduce moratorium on death penalty by 2018

"I hope that a moratorium on the death penalty will be introduced in Belarus in 2018," said British Ambassador to Belarus Fiona Gibb, who participated in a meeting of international experts on the death penalty in Belarus' city of Brest.

According to the diplomat, the discussion in the society on this issue will contribute to the moratorium.

"The moratorium on the death penalty will be a step towards its abolition. I do not know when this will happen. But this will be the right decision. A lot of research is being done. And none of them have evidence that the preservation of the death penalty reduces the number of crimes," Gibb said.

In addition to the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Ambassador of Italy to Belarus Stefano Bianchi and Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Human Rights, National Relations and the Media of the House of Representatives of Belarus, Andrei Naumovich, also participated in the meeting.

In September 2017, similar events took place in Grodno.

"We are not engaged in propaganda. We are discussing a problem that is very sensitive for Belarus, and we are trying to answer the questions. We will continue this practice," Naumovich stressed.

Human rights defenders note a gap in Belarusian legislation: the absence of a procedure for the suspension of executions even if a convicted person resorts to the assistance of the UN Human Rights Committee.

Among other problems raised were hiding of bodies of the executed from their relatives and concealment of burial places.

UK hopes Belarus would introduce moratorium on death penalty by 2018