16 November 2018Malaysia is leading the way to abolition in Southeast Asia!

WORD OF.... Marie-Lina Samuel, ECPM Africa-Asia Project Coordinator Nothing seems to be able to stop the march towards Malaysian abolition ! After proclaiming it at the regional parliamentary seminar (organised by ECPM, ADPAN and PGA on October 30th and 31st 2018 in Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia has just consolidated its position on the international scene: by voting in favour of the moratorium resolution on the death penalty in the Third Committee at the UN on November 13th, it is breathing new...

9 November 2018Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir should have been freed one year ago

What are the Mauritanian authorities waiting for to free Mohamed Mkhaïtir? While the Court of Appeal released him on November 9th 2017, the Mauritanian blogger accused of apostasy is still being held in an unknown place. 32 human rights organizations are campaigning for his release and protection. Read the press release (November 2018) Read the press release in English Mohammed Sheikh Ould Mkhaitir was arrested on 2 January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy by the Nouadhibou...

29 October 2018Standing against death penalty in Asia: Malaysia leads the way!

There's a lot of activity in Asia! After Malaysia officially announced its interest in abolishing the death penalty, it is hosting a regional parliamentary seminar on 30 and 31 October entitled "Oppose the death penalty in Asia". Many associations fighting for human rights and the abolition of the death penalty will be present at the Malaysian Parliament, in its capital Kuala Lumpur, to exchange views with ministers and parliamentarians from the region. It is an opportunity to recall the...

1 October 2018October 10th : focus on the conditions of detention of inmates on death row

Read the brochure on the 16th World day against the death penalty The World day against the death penalty is coming up : October 10th will be a good occasion to pass on the abolitionist message, but not only that. This year, conferences, performances and meetings will particularly enhance the issue of the conditions of detention that inmates on death row face. “Without regards to the possibility of execution, the incarceration in itself of prisoners sentenced to death is alarming...

1 June 2018Good news : abolition of the death penalty in Burkina Faso !

PRESS RELEASE : Burkina Faso’s National Assembly adopted on 31 May 2018 a new penal code providing for the abolition of death penalty. After the law’s enactment by President Kaboré, Burkina Faso will become the 21st abolitionist country in Africa and 114th in the world (for ordinary crimes). On 31 May 2018, the representatives of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso voted the abolition of the death penalty for ordinary crimes, by 83 votes to 43. This historic step is the result of...

28 May 2018African Congress in Abidjan: round-up of the Teaching Abolition activities!

More than a month has passed since the African Congress Against the Death Penalty ended in Abidjan. Enough time to take stock of this event which was a real success for the entire Ensemble contre la peine de mort team and the abolitionist movement in Africa. Let’s start with a round-up of the success stories of the “Teaching Abolition” project at the Congress! Created in 2009 with a view to raising awareness about the death penalty among young people, this programme, which lies at the...

28 May 2018Round-up of the African Congress with Pete Ouko, former death penalty prisoner in Kenya

During the African Congress, we were lucky enough to hear stories from some incredible people about their past on death row. Pete Ouko, from Kenya, was one of them. Wrongfully sentenced to death, he was eventually pardoned and released 18 years later. He is now a law graduate and devotes his energy to defending the rights of prisoners in Africa. Pete made a speech at the official opening ceremony that was both heart-breaking and full of hope. During the Congress, he was generous enough...

14 May 2018Report for the Universal Periodic Review of Cameroon – Executive Summary

The report for the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) presents information and data on the use of the death penalty in the Republic of Cameroon since the last session of the UPR (2013), for the 3rd examination cycle (May 2018). This report also presents several recommendations to address the ongoing violations of human rights in Cameroon.   Facts and figures De facto abolitionist country: no executions carried out since 1997; however, the moratorium is not...

4 May 2018Mauritania : Joint statement against mandatory death penalty for blasphemy law

Through this joint statement released with twenty other national and international NGOs, Together against the death penalty calls upon Mauritanian authorities to reverse the recent adoption of a law on apostasy related crimes making the death penalty mandatory for blasphemy. The Nation Assembly passed this text on April 27 while Nouakchott was hosting the 62nd ordinary session of the African Commission on human and peoples' rights including a panel on the death penalty. (Also available in...