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Belarus attending 7th World Congress against Death Penalty


MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – Belarus’ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko is in Brussels, Belgium on a visit from 27 February to 1 March to take part in the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“On 28 February, the deputy minister attended a side event on the death penalty in Belarus. Chairman of the Standing Committee on Human Rights, National Relations and Media of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Andrei Naumovich shared the country's position on the work of the parliamentary working group studying death penalty as an instrument of punishment, and also scheduled events and interaction with international partners on the matter,” the press service of the ministry said.

While in Brussels, Oleg Kravchenko and Belarus’ Permanent Representative to the EU Alexander Mikhnevich met with Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid and EEAS Managing Director Thomas Mayr-Harting to discuss relations between Belarus and the European Union, outline plans for future joint events.

Together with MP Andrei Naumovich, the deputy minister of foreign affairs held talks with Raphael Chenuil-Hazan, Director of the NGO Together against the Death Penalty, and representatives of the Council of Europe. The parties talked over Belarus’ cooperation with the abovementioned organizations.

Oleg Kravchenko is expected to meet with Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace Michael Keating and Belgian MP Pol Van Den Driessche.