02 Apr '11, 2am

[TOC] The global movement to kill the death penalty

[TOC] The global movement to kill the death penalty

The following article written on 27 March 2011 is republished here with permission from Amnesty International. BY SALIL SHETTY photo credit: ©Amnesty International Last March, when Andrei Zhuk’s mother brought one of her usual food parcels to the prison in Minsk, she was turned away. Her son ‘had been moved’, officials told her. She should not come looking for him anymore, they said, but should instead wait for notification from the court. Three days later, she was informed by prison staff that her son and another man, Vasily Yuzepchuk, cell mates on death row for separate murders, had been shot. Officials refused to return Andrei’s body or belongings, or even to say where he had been buried. She was shocked. Her husband suffered a heart attack upon hearing the news. The executions were the first in Belarus – the last executioner in Europe and the former Soviet Union – in ...

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