Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

EU legislators urge Belarus to abolish death penalty

The European Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution condemning the death penalty in Belarus and urging the country to adopt a moratorium on the practice.

Amnesty International reports that roughly 400 individuals have been executed in Belarus for various crimes since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The EU lawmakers, meeting in Strasbourg, France, also urged the Belarusian regime to pardon Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou, who were condemned to death in November for allegedly plotting the blast in the Minsk subway in April that killed 15 people.

The text calls on Belarusian authorities "to carry out a full, fair, and impartial investigation" of the bombing.

The EU lawmakers also urge the regime to release all political prisoners jailed following the disputed 2010 presidential election in which President Alyaksandr Lukashenka was reelected, including former presidential candidates Mikalay Statkevich and Andrey Sannikau and prominent rights defender Ales Byalyatski.