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6 Mar 2017

Belarus' National Human Rights Action Plan discussed with German ombudsman

MINSK, 6 March (BelTA) – Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Human Rights, National Relations and Mass Media Andrei Naumovich met with MP of the German Bundestag from the Social and Democratic Party, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Baerbel Kofler to discuss Belarus’ National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2019. The talks were held at the House of Representatives on 6 March, BelTA has learned.

Baerbel Kofler asked the Belarusian counterpart to present his assessment of the National Human Rights Action Plan. According to the Bundestag MP, Germany welcomes the adoption of the document which covers important themes that are also directly related to the cooperation between Belarus and the Council of Europe.

Speaking with journalists, the German politician said that the meeting was successful. She said that one of the most important issues that were discussed pertained to death penalty.

Andrei Naumovich noted that as for the death penalty issue it is the opinion of Belarusian citizens which matters most. A working group has been set up in the National Assembly to inform the public on the aspects of this type of punishment and provide a full-scale monitoring of the situation.

In his words, parliamentary hearings on death penalty may be held in Belarus in 2018. It is expected that partaking in them, apart from MPs, will be representatives of the public, politicians and experts.

The Chairman of the Permanent Commission noted that at the 1996 referendum over 80% of Belarusians voted against abolishing this type of punishment.

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