: RFE/RL: E.U. condemns Belarus after latest execution

17:21 May. 8, 2016

RFE/RL: E.U. condemns Belarus after latest execution

A pedestrian passes flag poles as flags of the European Union fly outside the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium, on April 23, 2016. (Getty Images)

Belarus only country in Europe applying capital punishment

The European Union has expressed concern after news that Belarus, the only country in Europe still to apply capital punishment, had executed another prisoner.

In a statement issued on May 7, the E.U. said the recent execution of Syarhey Ivanua was "particularly disturbing" due to the fact his complaint was pending with the UN Human Rights Committee. 

The E.U. also said the death sentence against Syarhey Khmelevsky, which was upheld by the Belarus Supreme Court on 6 May, has also been confirmed.

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