2 May 2016'Teng Biao: “There will always be some brave activists who refuse to keep quiet”

“The situation is very worrying”. These were the words used by the Chinese lawyer Teng Biao to open his speech in our offices and to paint a grim picture of the state of human rights in his country: arbitrary arrests, executions of innocent citizens shrouded in secrecy, harassment of human rights activists… Teng Biao is well aware of such abuse. Maybe even too aware. Arrested on numerous occasions, harassed by the authorities to the point where he had to shut down his China Against the...

9 March 2015'Thailand : a gender-based abolitionist strategy

Abolitionist militant in charge of the Death Penalty Project at Bankok’s Union for Civil Liberty (UCL), Danthong Breen is seeking to encourage the Thai authorities to abolish the death penalty for women. In the month which marks International Women’s Day, this gender-based approach deserves analysis and reflexion. Why campaign for the abolition of the death penalty only for women ? It’s a tactical choice. I’ve been campaigning against the death penalty in...

13 January 2015'Indonesia : what strategy to stop executions ?

As a researcher at The Commission for The Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Puri Kencana Putri tells us more about death penalty in Indonesia. Who are the five inmates who were supposed to be/ should have been executed by the end of year ? For the first time, in Indonesia, executions were revealed in such way. However, through the Indonesian General attorney, Mr. HM. Prasetyo, the Government gave a robust signal:by the end of this year, there will be 5 potential...

'Indonesia : what strategy to stop executions ?

In Indonesia, authorities released the names of the six condemned people who are at imminent risk of execution. The public prosecutor declared that executions would take place before the end of January. It was an expected announcement. Elected last October, the Indonesian president Joko Widodo became a fierce defender of the death penalty in the name of, the fight against drug trafficking. In December, he already announced that five prisoners would be shot before the end of 2014. As a...