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Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020

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Submitted at Tuesday, 18. February 2020 um 11:12 Uhr, in category "Chapter 2 – Justice and citizens right" with No. 206. Author/s: "LYMEC Bureau, Radikal Ungdom, Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya, JUNOS, Venstres Ungdom, Svensk Ungdom, JOVD (resolutions drafted by the policy renewal working group)..

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

Situation in Belarus

This resolution archives Resolution 2.17 on Capital punishment in Belarus, resolution 2.32, 2.33, 2.34 and 2.35 on Belarus.  

Democracy, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Belarus

For consideration on the annual Congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) in Skopje, North Macedonia on 3-5 April 2020.


- That Belarus is currently the only country in Europe that is still carrying out the capital punishment. 

- That the European institutions have been calling on numerous occasions on Belarus to abolish the death penalty. That after yet another death penalty was pronounced in 2019, the European External Action Service insisted that “the death penalty is not a factor to decrease crimes, and mistakes inevitable in any justice system become irreversible if capital punishment is practiced.”

- that there were cases in the past, when capital punishment convictions were performed swiftly, with arguably insufficient time for appeals 

- that it is often the case that the election campaigns in Belarus are conducted with lack of media access for opposition campaigners;

- that the democratic principles and constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of expression, association and assembly continue to be infringed by Belarusian authorities;

 Calls upon:

- LYMEC and its member organizations to raise awareness on the capital punishment performed in Belarus; 

- The European institutions to support the development of a conscious civil society by encouraging and supporting NGOs and pro-democracy activists, and promoting cultural and educational exchange between young people from Belarus and EU, especially with view of supporting young human rights and minority activists;

- calls on the European Commission to support independent media and media organizations in Belarus;

- extensive review of the EU policy towards Belarus, considering possible targeted economic and travel sanctions including Schengen visa restrictions and freezing of bank accounts and assets to be applied to the senior representatives of the regime, chairs of electoral commissions, heads of military, police etc., who are engaged in civil rights violations in Belarus.

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