Belarus starts campaign on abolition of death penalty

Belarus will soon launch an information campaign to press for the abolition of death penalty, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

Minsk: Belarus will soon launch an information campaign to press for the abolition of death penalty, President Alexander Lukashenko said.
"We will hold parliamentary hearings and discuss the issue in the media. The people will decide whether death penalty should be abolished or not," Lukashenko told the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

The overwhelming majority of Belarusian citizens supported death penalty in a referendum in 1996, Lukashenko said.

Only a new referendum can change things, he noted.

"If we hold a new referendum right now, it will have the same results as the previous one," Lukashenko said.

PTI

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