BELARUS – URGENT APPEAL ON BEHALF OF FOUR MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH
The Community of Sant’Egidio turns with deference to the President of the Republic of Belarus, His Excellency Aleksandr Lukashenko, so that he grants his pardon to the inmates Sergey Vostrikov, Sergey Khmelevskiy, Gennady Yakovitzkiy and Ivan Kulesh, commuting their death sentences into detention penalties.
The Community of Sant’Egidio certainly recognizes the extreme seriousness of their criminal actions. Anyway, because of its longstanding commitment for the universal acknowledgment of the right to life, it implores His Excellency the President of Belarus so that the judiciary administration of His country does not carry out the execution of their death sentences.
The Community of Sant’Egidio keenly looks forward to the introduction in Belarus of a moratorium on all present and future capital sentences, trusting in the kind heart and in the merciful feelings of His Excellency the President of the Republic, lining up this way Belarus to the European standards of safeguard of men and women’s life, from birth to natural death.
Warmly relying on the best intentions of His Excellency the President of Belarus, the Community of Sant’Egidio hopefully extends its own vibrant call, so that the lives of the above mentioned inmates will be spared.