26 May 2020Chad, winner of an abolitionist struggle

On Tuesday, 28 April, the Chadian National Assembly voted the abolition of the death penalty for terrorism acts, which had previously been authorized. ECPM which has been heavily involved in the field for years, welcomes this development and look back at the different steps taken with determination by this country, despite its unstable geopolitical context. © Flickr / Marco Verch “The MP’s voted unanimously to abolish the death penalty for terrorism acts” declared Djimet...

31 March 2020Release of the 12th Annual Report on the death penalty in Iran

The figure is alarming and echoes the concerns of human rights defenders: at least 280 people were executed last year in Iran, which remains the country with the highest death penalty in the world after China. The 12th annual report on the death penalty in Iran, carried out by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM, assesses and analyzes the trends related to this practice in order to provide appropriate recommendations and engage in a constructive dialogue. Its publication takes place in an...

28 February 2020ECPM publishes a good practice guide for NHRIs

The abolition of the death penalty must become a priority for national human rights institutions (NHRIs), whose mandate is to protect and promote human rights in their countries, as well as the fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In order to assist NHRIs in addressing this issue, ECPM, in collaboration with some NHRIs, publishes "A Practical Guide for NHRIs", inspired by the events organized on World Human Rights Day. This playful and...

10 October 2019Malaysian parliamentarian Kasthuri Patto addresses the media on World Day Against the Death Penalty

Kasthuri Patto, a convinced abolitionist and parliamentarian in Malaysia, addresses the media around the world to report on the situation of the death penalty in her country. With the arrival of the Pakatan Harapan government last year, the parliamentarian welcomes the fact that abolition has never been so close. The government signed a moratorium on this last year. However, the fight must continue until this abolition is effective. If it is, Malaysia would be the first abolitionist country...

10 October 2019“Dehumanized”: ECPM publishes a new fact-finding mission on Indonesian death row

On Thursday, October 10, on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, ECPM and its partners KontraS and ADPAN are gathering in Jakarta to launch their fact-finding mission, "Dehumanized", which is studying the situation of Indonesian prisoners on death row. Currently, it is estimated that there's between 236 and 308 people on Indonesion death row. Although they should all be placed in high-security prisons, the scourge of prison overcrowding decides otherwise....

23 September 2019In Japan: red card on executions

Japan is not a perfect host The 9th Rugby World Cup begins on Friday 20 September in Japan. However, ECPM would like to point out that its status as a host does not make it an irreproachable country in terms of human rights. Indeed, in 2018, 15 executions were recorded there. ECPM regrets that such international events are organised in countries regularly denounced for their failure to respect human rights. It should be recalled that this was the case for the basketball world cup, held in...

19 September 2019One month before… The 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty: Focus on the rights of children of parents sentenced to death

On 10 October, the 17th World Day against the Death Penalty will be held, devoted to the children of parents sentenced to death. On this occasion, ECPM and its partners will be involved in numerous events in France and abroad. The theme.... "Children: Unseen Victims of the Death Penalty" Often forgotten, the children of parents sentenced to death or executed carry a heavy emotional and psychological burden that can severely affect their rights. Such trauma can occur at any stage of a...

13 September 2019The main observers of the death penalty in Iran gathered at the UN

During its review by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group in 2014, Iran received the second highest number of recommendations on the death penalty. Five years later, it is still on the podium of the countries condemning to death and executing the most in the world. In order to take stock of these five years of work and make recommendations for Iran's next UPR, to be held in November 2019, ECPM co-organized a side-event on the death penalty in Iran on 12 September at the 42nd...

12 September 20197th World Congress against the Death Penalty… it was 6 months ago (already)!

Already 6 months have passed since the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty, which was held in Brussels from 26 February to 1 March 2019. More diversified, more participatory and more formative than ever, this 7th edition brought together more than 1500 actors in the abolitionist struggle from all over the world. Together, during these four days of debates, training, workshops and cultural events, we seized the opportunity to pool our strengths and ideas to generate projects and...