This statement to the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting on 5 October 2012 calls in particular for:
- Belarus and the United States to take immediate steps to end the use of the death penalty;
- the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan to abolish the death penalty in law for all crimes; and
- the Republic of Kazakhstan to abolish provisions in their national legislation that still allow for the imposition of the death penalty for certain crimes under exceptional circumstances.
The statement also notes that the death penalty is in some states replaced by alternative sanctions which amount to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, such as life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, solitary confinement for long and indeterminate periods of time, and inadequate basic physical or medical provisions. It therefore calls on the OSCE to engage in debate and dialogue as to how best to protect the rights of those sentenced to life imprisonment.
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