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Over 250,000 people call on Belarus to end executions

09 December 2011 Amnesty International and Belarusian human rights organizations Viasna and Belarus Helsinki Committee were today turned away from delivering a global petition to Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, calling for an end to executions in Belarus. Over 250,000 signatures from all over the world were collected by Amnesty International’s global membership and the Belarusian organizations. The petition, which began as a local initiative, became a focus of Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary campaign against the death penalty. “This petition sends a strong signal to the Belarusian…

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