ECPM presents its “Statement of Together against the death penalty”
24 September 2018
Since September 10th and until September 28th 2018 will be taking place the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Since its foundation in 2006, this council has been mobilizing the international community to deal with the most alarming situations in terms of human rights.
The death penalty was the subject of a report published by the General Secretary of the United Nations, available here.
As an organization of the civil society fighting for the advocacy and protection of human rights, ECPM reacted by presenting a statement in which it invites all the members of the Council to participate in the 7th International Congress against the death penalty, which will be taking place in Brussels between the 27th of February and the 1st of March 2019.
STATEMENT OF TOGETHER AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
39th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – GENERAL DEBATE ON ITEM 3 - 14 SEPTEMBER 2018
Together against the death penalty (ECPM) would like to congratulate the General Secretary for submitting its report on the death penalty.
ECPM is radically against the capital punishment for all crimes and in all circumstances and strives with its partners to achieve a universal abolition. The death penalty violates the most fundamental human rights : the right to live and the right to not be subject to torture and cruel, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment.
ECPM is pleased to notice that 143 countries are currently abolitionists on a legal or factual basis. TADP especially congratulates Burkino Faso, last country to have removed the death penalty from its criminal code for all crimes of common law in May 2018. At the present time, only 12 African nations still apply the capital punishment and more than ¾ of the countries of this continent are abolitionists on a legal or factual basis. The grand success of the African congress against the death penalty which took place in Abidjan in April 2018 solidifies our hope to have Africa become the next abolitionist continent.
ECPM regrets that other regions still commonly apply the death penalty and fears a step back from certain countries, as did the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
All over the world, TADP conducts a remarkable inclusive and federative action which aims all of the actors of the abolition, especially through international congresses which unite participants from divers fields to establish common strategies.
In this context, we are proud to announce that the 7th International congress against the death penalty, which we are conducting, will be taking place in Brussels from February 27th to the 1st of March.
We invite all the members of the Human Rights Council to participate.
HRC39 – General debate on Item 3
Consultez le PDF de la déclaration en français.
Consultez le PDF de la déclaration en anglais.
ECPM also noted that the death penalty violates the most fundamental human rights, and congratulated Burkino Faso, last country to have abolished the capital punishment. However, ECPM did worry about a potential step back in countries such as the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
According to Belgium, the report published by the General Secretary on the death penalty encourages optimism, since it shows that no less than 170 countries eliminated this punishment – even though certain countries still apply it in contradiction with international law standards. Brussels will welcome, from February 27th to the 1st of March 2019, the 7th International Congress against the death penalty, driven by ECPM.
The International Federation of Christians against torture regretted the fact that the death penalty is still applied to vulnerable human beings with physical or mental disabilities, or minors.
For more information you may refer to the report of the debate for the protection of human rights.