OUR ACTIONS IN THE WORLD

ECPM ON THE SPOT

ECPM is developing action in a number of countries in order to spread the abolitionist cause far and wide. This work hinges on four essential areas. The first, federation, involves identifying actors committed to combating the death penalty and enabling them to unite their strengths. Reinforcement, the second area, aims to assist these actors in their struggle against capital punishment by providing support, be it strategic, financial, logistical, etc. This in turn can feed the third area: advocacy. This requires the organisation of high-level political meetings, the creation of awareness raising campaigns, the establishment of regular anti-death penalty events, etc. Finally, the Education section is particularly interested in raising awareness among citizens in the school environment. Through its involvement on the ground, ECPM has developed real expertise in the various obstacles to abolition which can persist in a variety of national contexts.




ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

SHAMS

ECPM works in Palestine in partnership with SHAMS



FEDERATION

For ECPM, each World Congress is the opportunity to invite abolitionist actors.

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

In 2007, ECPM worked in Burundi in partnership with ACAT Burundi.



ADVOCACY

Between 2005 and 2007, ECPM carried out the French-speaking Great Lakes Africa campaign consisting of visits to death row in the DRC and Rwanda, as well as a judicial investigation in Burundi with ACAT and more than 60 qualitative interviews carried out under the aegis of the sociologist Arnaud Gaillard.

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ECPM has been active in Cameroon since 2010, in partnership with the Network of Lawyers Against the Death Penalty and the platform « Droit et paix ».



FEDERATION

– supporting the creation of a network of lawyers against the death penalty ;

– encouraging Cameroon abolitionist actors to form a coalition.

STRENGTH

ECPM carries out strategic assistance work with the network of lawyers. Events are organised to encourage the exchange of good practices with the Central Africa Coalition and training sessions for lawyers from the NGO.

ADVOCACY

– supporting a reform of the penal system and the Universal Periodic Review ;

– monitoring information, particularly as regards the situation in the north of the country where attacks by Boko Haram are rekindling the temptation of the death penalty. ECPM is also supporting the organisation of an observatory of lawyers in the region.

EDUCATION

ECPM supports school visits to raise awareness about human rights. In particular, a number of schools participate in the drawing competition for abolition of the death penalty. Public debates around this issue are also organised.

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

CADP et Solidarité Chine

ECPM has been active in China since 2007, in partnership with China Against the Death Penalty and the collective « Solidarité Chine ».



FEDERATION

– encouraging Chinese abolition actors to participate in the main international events on capital punishment, such as the World Congress Against the Death Penalty.


CONCRETELY


In 2016, ECPM facilitated the participation of members of China Against the Death Penalty at the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

ADVOCACY

– organising a campaign to recall the reality of the death penalty in China for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing;

– obtaining prohibition of the exhibition Our Body which exhibited the bodies of Chinese prisoners sentenced to death ;

– supporting the Liu Xiaobo Committee which fights for the release of the activist.

ADVOCACY

– organising a workshop on abolition of the death penalty in 2012, in partnership with the French Embassy ;

– encouraging Iraqi abolitionist actors to participate in the main international events on capital punishment such as the World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

ECPM has been active in Lebanon since 2010, in partnership with the Lebanese Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the NGO Justice et miséricorde (AJEM), and the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights (LACR).



FEDERATION

– enabling the Lebanese Coalition to participate in the main international abolitionist events ;

– working on the creation of a Lebanese parliamentary network against the death penalty in partnership with the members of World Action Against the Death Penalty.


CONCRETELY


In 2016, ECPM facilitated the participation of a strong Lebanese delegation at the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty organised in Oslo, and at the General Assembly of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty organised in Rabat. ECPM also enabled several Lebanese parliamentarians to take part in the regional training sessions organised in Morocco.

STRENGTH

– assisting the Lebanese Coalition structurally and strategically with the aim of increasing the number of members and enabling it to have a presence across the country ;

– supporting the organisation of the General Assemblies of the Lebanese Coalition, organising training sessions for its members and developing communication tools.

ADVOCACY

– advocating for reform of the criminal code and promoting international instruments such as the UN resolution for a moratorium on executions and follow-up of the commitments made by the country at the Universal Periodic Review ;

– working on the publication of an investigation into the realities of the death penalty in Lebanon.

EDUCATION

– developing a teaching programme with Lebanese middle and high-school pupils. Through visits to schools, this programme encourages meetings with abolitionist figures and witnesses, incarnating the horror of capital punishment ;

– facilitating the participation of Lebanese young people in the international competitions it organises (drawing competition, moot court competition, etc.) ;

– proposing regional forums bringing together young people from across the MENA region.

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

ECPM has been active in Morocco since 2007, in partnership with the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the Moroccan Human Rights Organisation, the Parliamentary Network Against the Death Penalty and the Network of Lawyers Against the Death Penalty.


Between 2001 and 2016, ECPM coordinated the Towards Progressive Abolition of the Death Penalty in Morocco project with the support of the European Union, the French Development Agency, the France Foundation and the Ile de France region.



FEDERATION

– encouraging actors from the voluntary, political, parliamentary, media and legal sectors to work together ;

– assisting the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty (which groups together 11 organisations) ;

– boosting the first Network of Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty in Morocco which brings together more than 250 MPs and senators from all political parties ;

– upporting the Network of Lawyers Against the Death Penalty in Morocco by encouraging exchanges of expertise and the creation of tools. Since 2015, the Network has held its first national Congress, published a study of the Moroccan Criminal Code and set up follow-up work on the conditions of detention of prisoners sentenced to death.

– encouraging the emergence of a Maghreb abolitionist network

STRENGTH

– consolidating the organisational structure of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty and organising meetings dedicated to the development of strategic activities ;

– assisting the Network of Parliamentarians in terms of strategy (training sessions, creation of awareness-raising tools, etc.).


CONCRETELY


In 2016, ECPM supported the organisation of the General Assembly of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty, organised in Rabat from 22 to 23 July and attended by 150 people. The organisation also facilitated the structuring of seven regional branches and organised three training workshops with NGOs, lawyers and parliamentarians.

ADVOCACY

– national and international campaigns ;

– supporting the writing of a draft law by the members of the parliamentary network, organising workshops raising awareness within parliament and publishing advocacy tools ;

– with its partners, investigations in prisons in order to analyse the conditions of detention of prisoners sentenced to death with regard to international standards, and encouraging the authorities to improve transparency ;

– facilitating the presence of Moroccan actors within UN bodies ;

– ensuring respect for the commitments made by Morocco at the Universal Periodic Review (EPU), the mechanism used by the Human Rights Council (HRC). On that occasion, the organisation produces alternative reports and organises side events within the UN structure in Geneva.


CONCRETELY


In 2016, ECPM organised several side events at the UN in Geneva and New York covering the resolution for application of a universal moratorium and OP2. In collaboration with its partners, ECPM led 15 high-level political meetings and organised several working sessions in Morocco with the diplomatic services involved in the international abolitionist movement.

EDUCATION

– developing a teaching programme with Moroccan middle and high-school pupils. Through visits to schools, this programme encourages meetings with abolitionist figures and witnesses, incarnating the horror of capital punishment ;

– creating teaching tools (teaching guides, board games, exhibitions, cartoons) and leisure tools adapted to the Moroccan political and cultural context ;

– facilitating the participation of young Moroccans in the international competitions it organises (drawing competition, moot court competition, etc.) ;

– proposing regional forums bringing together young people from across the MENA region ;

– raising awareness among the general public through cultural events: exhibitions of anti-death penalty work, film festivals, theatre performances. In particular, focus is put on the abolitionist argument in the Moroccan context at public debates to recall that the death penalty is not a deterrent and has no real religious justification.


CONCRETELY


In 2106, ECPM and OMDH raised awareness with nearly 1,300 pupils across seven cities in the country. The two organisations published a trilingual cartoon looking at the conditions of detention of prisoners sentenced to death in Morocco and Tunisia, and created a teaching guide for teachers. In 2015, ECPM organised the first film festival on the death penalty at the 7ème art cinema in Rabat, thereby alerting nearly 800 people to the issue.

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

et Rafah

ECPM has been active in Mauritania since 2014, in partnership with the Mauritanian Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the Mauritanian Organisation for Human Rights and the NGO RAFAH.



FEDERATION

ECPM encourages the Mauritanian Coalition Against the Death Penalty to grow and find new members.

ADVOCACY

– advocating for reform of the criminal code, promoting international instruments such as the resolution for a moratorium on executions and follow-up of the commitments made by the country at the Universal Periodic Review.


CONCRETELY


In July 2016, ECPM facilitated the organisation of a workshop to raise awareness about the right to life and penal reform attended by approximately 50 people.

In 2016, Norway hosted the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

CCCPM et

ECPM has been active in the DRC since 2005, in partnership with the Congolese Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the NGO



FEDERATION

– assisting the Congolese Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Regionally, a Great Lakes Coalition has already been created, recently becoming known as the Central Africa Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The Network of Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty was initiated on 10 October 2016.

STRENGTH

– assisting the Congolese Coalition strategically, in particular encouraging meetings and general assemblies.

ADVOCACY

– advocating for reform of the criminal code and the constitution, and promoting international instruments such as the UN resolution for a universal moratorium on application of the death penalty and the Universal Periodic Review.

– regularly organising visits to prisons and calling on the authorities for greater transparency concerning these issues. An investigation organised in 2005 in the region by ECPM gave rise to a report which received the Human Rights Prize.

EDUCATION

– supporting the organisation of public debates and anti-death penalty school visits. The abolition drawing competition is followed by a large number of Congolese schoolss.

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In 2006, ECPM worked in Rwanda in partnership with the Collective of Human Rights Leagues and Organisations in Rwanda.



ADVOCACY

During May and June 2006, a team of five investigators, led by the sociologist Maela Begot, went to death row at Mpanga prison (Southern Province, Rwanda) where 167 of the 814 prisoners sentenced to death in Rwanda are detained. The report was part of a publication bringing together all the investigations in the Great Lakes region of Africa (DRC, Burundi).

At ECPM’s instigation, Rwanda is a member of the Core Group which supports diplomatic mobilisation for the World Congress Against the Death Penalty organised by ECPM every 3 years.

ADVOCACY

As the case is emblematic of the problems within the American justice system, ECPM demands Justice for Hank who was sentenced to death in 1995 by the state of Texas for a triple homicide which he has always denied committing. Within this framework, ECPM launched the campaign Justice for Hank Skinner on the eve of the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty (24-26 February 2010 in Geneva) and in reaction to Hank Skinner’s execution date, initially planned for 24 February 2010, the date the Congress opened. Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner, Hank Skinner’s wife, because the “face” of this major event for abolitionists from across the world.

Since then, ECPM has publicised the work of the Hank Skinner Support Group which seeks funds for his defence.
For more information about this case, go to the website, the Facebook page or the Twitter account.

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ECPM has been active in Tunisia since 2011, in partnership with the Tunisian Coalition Against the Death Penalty.



FEDERATION

– supporting the creation and leadership of abolitionist networks in Tunisia ;

– encouraging a variety of actors to meet (NGOs, lawyers, doctors, journalists, etc.) so that anti-death penalty networks increase across the country as a whole ;

– encouraging CTCPM’s involvement within the Maghreb abolitionist network through the exchange of good practices.


CONCRETELY


In 2015, ECPM supported the creation of a network of 10 Tunisian parliamentarians, coordinated by the MP Leyla Hamrouni. ECPM made it possible for a very strong Tunisian delegation to participate in the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty organised in Oslo in June 2016.

STRENGTH

– assisting CTCPM structurally and strategically with the aim of increasing the number of members and making it possible for it to have a presence across the country ;

– organising CTCPM’s General Assemblies by organising training sessions for its members and developing communication tools.


CONCRETELY


In 2015, ECPM supported the organisation of CTCPM’s second General Assembly where it elected its new Management Committee chaired by Mr Chokri Latif.

ADVOCACY

– carrying out advocacy campaigns in support of abolition, nationally and internationally ;

– seeking to encourage in-depth reform of the criminal system through the organisation of an awareness raising workshop and political meetings ;

– developing a campaign on the situation of Tunisian prisoners sentenced to death ;

– facilitating the presence of Tunisian actors within international bodies and associating them with campaigns in support of the UN resolution for the application of a universal moratorium on executions, and the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (OP2) ;

– through the production of a report and the organisation of side events at the UN in Geneva, ensuring respect for the commitments made by Tunisia at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) the mechanism used by the Human Rights Council (HRC).


CONCRETELY


In 2015, ECPM and CTCPM organised a national conference on abolition of the death penalty with the aim of stimulating the public debate. In 2016, the organisation organised a side event at the UN (New York) in partnership with the Tunisian mission in order to promote the UN resolution for application of a universal moratorium on executions.

EDUCATION

– developing a teaching programme with Tunisian middle and high-school pupils. Through visits to schools, this programme encourages meetings with abolitionist figures and witnesses, incarnating the horror of capital punishment ;

– creating teaching tools (teaching guides, board games, exhibitions, cartoons) and leisure tools adapted to the Tunisian political and cultural context ;

– facilitating the participation of young Tunisians in the international competitions it organises (drawing competition) ;

– proposing seminars and conferences to raise awareness about the cause ;

– raising awareness among the general public through cultural events: exhibitions of anti-death penalty work, film festivals, theatre performances.

In 2013, Madrid hosted the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

Brussels will host the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty from 27 February to 1 March 2019.

ECPM PARTNERSHIP :

CIFDAH, ACAT Burkina and BF Coalition


ADVOCACY

– by encouraging the meeting of various actors (NGOs, lawyers, doctors, journalists) to increase the networks against the death penalty throughout the country


– by accompanying the actors of the civil society in its plea for the abolition of the death penalty


– by sensitising parliamentarians to the abolitionist arguments


– by facilitating the presence of Burkina Faso actors at international events on the death penalty


CONCRETELY


ECPM organised the parliamentary seminar on the abolition of the death penalty in Francophone Africa on December 19 and 20, 2016, in the presence of parliamentarians from 14 Francophone African countries.
In partnership with the CIFDAH and the Burkina Faso Coalition Against the Death Penalty, ECPM has conducted an advocacy campaign with the authorities aimed at introducing the abolition of the death penalty in Burkina Faso’s new constitution.

PARTENAIRES ECPM :

ACAT Congo

Since 2015, ECPM has been involved in Congo in partnership with ACAT CONGO.



ADVOCACY

– by facilitating the presence of many Congolese actors at international events on the death penalty


– by conducting an advocacy campaign with the authorities to include abolition in the new constitution


– by conducting a targeted campaign on the ratification by the Congo of the 2nd Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights