A conference “Abolition of death penalty and public opinion”

A conference “Abolition of death penalty and public opinion” organized by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and with the financial support of the United Kingdom Magna Carta Fund took place in Minsk on 13 December 2016.

The conference became a continuation of the round table “Religion and death penalty” organized in 2013 and sought to develop the discussion on the abolition of death penalty in the Republic of Belarus through facilitation of dialogue between the representatives of various confessions, national institutions and civil society. The conference “Abolition of death penalty and public opinion” was held with an aim of uniting the representatives of state authorities, academic circles, civil society and media to discuss the ways and possibilities of the consolidation of public opinion and governmental authorities’ support in the question of death penalty abolition in Belarus.

In the course of the conference the following questions were discussed: the methods of working with public opinion, certain aspects of the law enforcement practice in the context of death penalty abolition, the ability of the civil society to help the state form the public opinion. Discussions were conducted with due regard to legal, political and social aspects of the matter at hand. Parties participated in the event include the representatives of governmental authorities (Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry of justice of the Republic of Belarus, other Government representatives), academic circles, diplomatic corps, non-governmental and international organizations (the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union).