9 March 2018'Registrations for the Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty are open!

We are pleased to invite you to the African Congress Against the Death Penalty, that will be held in Abidjan, the 9th and 10th April 2018. The event is organised by ECPM, in partnership with the World Coalition Against The Death Penalty, the FIACAT and the CNDH-CI, under the sponsorship of Norway, Belgium and the European Union. It will be the largest ever event dedicated to the death penalty on the african soil. More than 300 participants are expected to attend these two days of debates,...

1 March 2018'Iran to be represented by a major human rights violator at the top UN human rights body

Iran to be represented by a major human rights violator at the top UN human rights body   Impact Iran and its member organizations are appalled by the Iranian government’s decision to select Minister of Justice Seyyed Alireza Avaei as its high-level representative to address the United Nations Human Rights Council on 27 February. Minister Avaei is reputed for being an egregious violator of human rights, prompting the European Union to place him on its list of individuals sanctioned...

15 February 2018'10 SENTENCED TO DEATH BECAUSE DELAY OF COMING INTO FORCE LAW THAT ABOLISHES MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

We, the 44 undersigned organisations, groups and trade unions are most disturbed and saddened that at least  10 persons, as reported in the media, have been been victims of the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking  despite the fact that Parliament had already passed the law abolishing mandatory death penalty and returning sentencing discretion to judges vide the Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2017. This Act, which was passed by Parliament and received royal assent on 27/12/2017,...

12 February 2018'Defenders of human rights in Iran mourn the passing of Asma Jahangir

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. She passed away on February 11, 2018, and defenders of human rights, particularly those in Iran, mourn her death. Iranian society lost one of the most vocal champions of its rights, its fundamental freedoms, and its fight for dignity. Since her appointment as Special Rapporteur on Iran by the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016, she has brought the voices of...

31 March 2017'The 9th annual report by Iran Human Rights and ECPM

Download the report here: Annual report on the death penalty in Iran 2016-ECPM-IHR The 9th annual report by Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report sets out the number of executions in 2016, the trend compared to previous years, charges, geographic distribution and a monthly breakdown of executions. Lists of the women and juvenile offenders executed in 2016 are also...

9 March 2017'Summary of the annual report on the death penalty in Iran 2016

Every year we publish in partnership with Iran Human Rights (IHR) the annual report on the death penalty in Iran. This 9th edition gives an assessment and analysis of death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Annual 2016 Report at a Glance 530 people were executed in 2016 (45% decrease from 2015) 232 executions (44%) were announced by official sources 64% of the death sentences carried out in 2016 were issued by the Revolution Courts 296 (56%) were executed for...

28 February 2017'Towards a return of the death penalty in the Philippines?

Today, the Philippines Parliament is due to make a decision on a legal text reintroducing the death penalty which the country abolished in 2006. But the populism of President Rodrigo Duterte and his Government runs the risk of facing a number of obstacles, particularly the engagement of Philippine civil society and several binding international treaties. Another step towards the return of capital punishment in the Philippines: the Chamber of Representatives brought debates to a close last...

'Zainab Malik from Justice Project Pakistan: “being the bridge between the people being executed and the general public”

Can you sum up the situation of the death penalty in Pakistan? Pakistan had a 7-year moratorium on the death penalty. In that time, the population on death row increased to 8,264 people. In December 2014, there was a very tragic terrorist attack in Peshawar. The terrorists broke into the school and killed 134 children. It was quite tragic; there was an atmosphere of fear and anger amongst the general public. Generally, the view was that the Government wasn’t doing enough to curb terrorism...

21 February 2017'JOINT STATEMENT – Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

19 February 2017 AI Index: ACT 50/5741/2017 Ahead of the first vote on the proposed legislative amendments to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines, the undersigned organizations are calling on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its international law obligations and vote against the measure. The move would set the Philippines against its positive achievements in this area and the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty. On 20 February the House of...