28 May 2019The film of the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty is online!

More diversified, more participatory and more formative than ever, dive into the heart of the 7th edition of the world's largest abolitionist event, held in Brussels from February 26 to March 1st 2019. Politicians, activists, lawyers, researchers, citizens: more than 1500 abolitionist fighters from all over the world seized the opportunity to gather their forces and ideas during four days of debates, training, workshops and cultural events in the heart of the European capital.  This film...

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...

12 September 2019ECPM’s political season begins – The Proceedings of the 7th World Congress presented to the UN

The Proceedings of Brussels: the imprint of the world's largest abolitionist event Six months after the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty, ECPM is proud to announce the publication of the Proceedings of the Brussels Congress. This unpublished, documented and illustrated book reports on the rich debates held during the Congress and discusses the new associative and political dynamics promoted in this context. For the occasion, ECPM, the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United...

3 August 2019ECPM welcomes the release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir after more than a year and a half of incommunicado detention [Press release]

After five years of detention, almost two of which spent incommunicado, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir was finally released on Monday 29 July and is now, since Friday 2 August, in safety in Europe. On Monday, July 8, President Ould Abdel Aziz met with a commission of ulemas to consult them on this subject. The religious leaders made Mr. Mkhaitir's new public repentance on social networks and in the media a condition for his release. On the same day, Mr. Mkhaitir posted a...

2 August 201931 Moroccan death row inmates pardoned by King Mohammed VI

ECPM welcomes the pardon granted to 4764 people on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the reign of King Mohammed VI. Among these persons, there are 31 death row inmates for whom their sentences have been commuted to life imprisonment. However, there are still 60 others on death row in Moroccan prisons. It is for these 60 prisoners on death row and for all those who could join them that the Moroccan coalition against the death penalty continues to mobilize. Although this...

2 August 20197th World Congress Against the Death Penalty: interview with Carleen Pickard as part of Lush’s abolitionist campaign

Discover the interview of Carleen Pickard, Ethical Campaign Specialist at Lush North America, at the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Brussels. She started a campaign against the death penalty in every store of the region. In this interview, she discusses the reasons for this choice but also the impact it has had on customers and staff. Carleen Pickard spoke alongside Richard Branson at the plenary session "Business and the death penalty" of the 7th World Congress against...

30 July 2019United States: resumption of federal executions after a 16-year moratorium

US Attorney General William Barr said in an official statement on 26 July 2019 that federal executions have resumed in the United States. A lethal procedure has already been chosen and five convicted persons are expected to be executed between December and January. On Thursday, July 26, 2019, William Barr, Attorney General of the United States, i. e. Minister of Justice, thrilled all human rights organizations around the world by putting executions at the federal level back on the...

30 July 2019SAVE THE DATE: Volunteer with ECPM at Huma 2019

SAVE THE DATE!!! From 13 to 15 September 2019, participates in the Festival of Humanity with ECPM! Indeed, what could be better than a festive and militant weekend to start the new school year? And because together it's better, we'll make festivalgoers aware of the universal abolition of the death penalty and that... it's not given to everyone. So join us and move the fight forward with us! THE PROGRAM: - Launch of the brand new ECPM role-playing game: "Sign to deliver". Helps...

30 July 2019Pride march 2019: ECPM video release!

On June 29, 2019, ECPM put on its best clothes to march during the Paris Pride march. An opportunity to defend his awareness campaign: "The death penalty is homophobic". One month later, (re)discover our tank and our team of volunteers through this video. ECPM has been mobilizing at every pride march for more than 15 years to denounce countries that condemn homosexuality to death. Currently, there are 12 of them while 61 others still criminalize this sexual orientation. Find here...

30 July 2019Federica Mogherini at the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty: “We believe that the response to one crime must never be another crime”.

On 19 February 2019, the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty opened in Brussels. At the opening ceremony in the hemicycle of the European Parliament, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, took the floor. It was an opportunity for her to raise the subject that is close to her heart: the abolition of the death penalty. Federica Mogherini, who had been engaged since her term as Italian Foreign Minister, had already...