13 May 2019Discover the first images of the film of the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty

Many of you (more than 1500!), politicians, activists, lawyers, researchers and citizens, gathered for the 7th edition of the world's most important abolitionist event, held in Brussels from 26 February to 1 March 2019. During these 4 days, we experienced strong moments of exchanges, reflection, activism and meetings, which could not have taken place elsewhere than during this Congress, in the heart of the European capital. Visit www.ecpm.org and our Facebook page on May 27, three months...

30 April 2019Executions in Saudi Arabia: shame and cynicism!

By Raphael Chenuil-Hazan, Executive Director of ECPM This article was published in the digital version of the newspaper Le Monde on May 2, 2019.   After the Jamal Khashoggi case, the Saudi kingdom found itself at a loss. To be banished from the nations, to no longer look to the future and to see only ungodly, enemies, opponents, dissidents, terrorists to be killed or eliminated, whatever the cost. Another possibility would have been the choice of a certain openness (perhaps progressive...

26 April 2019Annual report on the death penalty in Iran: key issues and figures

The 11th Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, prepared by Iran Human Rights (IHR) with the support of ECPM, provides an assessment and analysis of trends in the death penalty in 2018 in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has the highest number of executions per year after China. Its publication coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, but also with the year of Iran's 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which will take place next November. This is a...

25 April 2019Joint oral intervention at the 64th session of the ACHPR in Egypt

On April 25, ECPM is participating in the 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), held in Egypt from April 24 to May 14, 2019. An unmissable opportunity to address the issue of the death penalty in a country recently criticized for its human rights violations.   Today, ECPM participated for the second time in the ordinary session of the ACHPR after obtaining observer status in 2017, allowing it to better understand the functioning of this...

24 April 2019ECPM is in Morocco for a Parliamentary Regional Round Table

On 24 April 2019, the Network of Parliamentarians against the Death Penalty in Morocco is organizing, with the support of the Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights and ECPM, a Regional Parliamentary Round Table in Rabat. The purpose of this meeting is to highlight the key role of parliamentarians in moving towards the abolition of the death penalty or in promoting progress in the field of human rights. It is involved in the joint project: "Accompanying civil society and political actors...

9 April 2019Announcement of the winners of the 4th edition of the drawing contest !

The opportunity was taken at the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty to award the prizes of the competition. 50 drawings were selected and exhibited at the Congress. Among them, the jury selected the following drawings: > Download the PDF of the drawings selected <   Jury Prize Kawaya L. ; Institut de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Lola S. ; Collège Saint-Spire, Corbeil-Essonnes, France Valeria C. ; Galileo Galilei Statale High School, Piedimonte,...

8 April 2019Press review: the Brussels Congress in the world’s media

Newspapers, television broadcasts, radio columns and online media, the Congress was a wonderful opportunity to raise the voice of the struggle for universal abolition throughout the world. We have nearly 500 press spin-offs in 50 countries. Here is a selection of them. Bahamas : AG : Death penalty not going anywhere, The Nassau Guardian, publié le 8 mars 2019 : https://thenassauguardian.com/2019/03/08/ag-death-penalty-not-going-anywhere/   Belarus : L'UE espère une...

4 April 2019Don’t forget Hank Skinner ! – Interview with Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner

On April 4, Hank Skinner turned 57. He spent the last 24 years on Texas death row for a crime he didn't commit. Death row is a lonely and desperate place, a "hell" as Hank calls it. On death row since 1995 and in solitary confinement since June 1999, the mail is a source of hope and tremendous strength for him. On the occasion of his birthday, but also to support him in his daily life, we encourage you to write him a short note. Thank you for him. > The steps to contact Hank Skinner...

1 April 2019PRESS RELEASE – Sultanate of Brunei ready to sentence to death for homosexuality

Following the process announced in 2014, Brunei is changing its legislation and announces its intention to make homosexual relations between adults and consenting persons punishable by death for Muslims in the Sultanate. ...] If the Minister of Justice confirms this announcement on Wednesday, April 3, Brunei will officially become the 12th country in the world to sentence to death for homosexuality. > Read ECPM's press release <     ECPM has been leading the campaign "The...

30 March 2019Editorial – Brussels Congress: The abolitionist movement is getting stronger and more structured

By Ramla Liatouji, Coordinator of the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty - ECPM, France At the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Brussels, many of you came to reaffirm your commitment to the establishment of a world without the death penalty. The academic work carried out by the ECPM team and the members of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty was supported by some 1500 participants from all 5 continents. The 70 speakers, with various fields of...