MOSCOW (AP) - Activists wearing black masks and nooses around their necks have picketed the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow to protest against capital punishment in the ex-Soviet republic _ the only European nation that practices the death penalty.
About a dozen people took part in Thursday's protest organized by Amnesty International.
It came days after Belarus' Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a man sentenced to death for the murder of six elderly women. Amnesty International urged Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to spare his life. But it said the authoritarian leader has granted only one request for clemency since he came to power 15 years ago.
Every other country in Europe and the former Soviet Union has banned capital punishment or imposed a moratorium.