10 April 2018Final declaration of the African Congress

On 9 and 10 April, more than 300 abolitionists, activists, diplomats, politicians, parliamentarians, lawyers, former death row inmates and citizens gathered in Abidjan for the first African Congress against the death penalty. After two days of debating and sharing experiences, the delegates adopted a final declaration at the closing ceremony. This Congress, organized by ECPM in partnership with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, FIACAT and the CNDH-CI and hosted by Côte...

8 April 2018“Abolition is the irreversible trend in Africa,” – Interview with Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan

Monday 9 April 2018 marks the opening of the first day of debates at the African Congress Against the Death Penalty organised by ECPM, in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, FIACAT and the Côte d’Ivoire National Human Rights Commission. This year it will concentrate on Africa which is en route to becoming the next abolitionist continent. Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, General Manager of ECPM, gives us his view of this major abolition event, the biggest ever held on...

7 April 2018“Ivorian public opinion is not in favour of the death penalty” – Interview with Namizata Sangaré

The Côte d’Ivoire National Human Rights Commission (Commission Nationale des Droits de l’Homme de Côte d’Ivoire or CNDHCI) is our partner at the African Congress Against the Death Penalty which is being held on 9 and 10 April. Its President, Mrs Namizata Sangaré, has answered our questions. What is the role of the CNDHCI? The CNDHCI was created in 2012. It is an independent body with legal status and financial autonomy. Its mandate is to perform the roles of dialogue, consultation,...

7 April 2018“In ten years time, I think that nearly all of sub-Saharan Africa will have abolished the death penalty” – Interview with Aurélie Plaçais

As the African Congress Against the Death Penalty, organised by ECPM, begins in Abidjan, Aurélie Plaçais, Director of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, a leading partner, answered our questions. What form has your organisation’s participation taken at this Congress? The World Coalition is a partner at the African Congress in Abidjan organised by ECPM, alongside the Fédération internationale de l’action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la peine de mort (FIACAT) and...

6 April 2018Program of the 1st African Congress Against the Death Penalty

The 1st African Congress Against the Death Penalty will be held in Abidjan on the 9th and 10th of April, 2018. This congress is organized by ECPM in partnership with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, FIACAT and CNDH-CI, under the patronage of Norway, Belgium and the European Union. It will be the largest abolitionist event ever held on African soil. More than 300 participants are expected to attend these two days of debates, solemn opening and closing ceremonies, and festive and...

13 March 2018Annual report on the death penalty in Iran – 2017

> Download the report < The 10th annual report on the death penalty by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2017 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report sets out the number of executions in 2017, the trend compared to previous years, charges, geographic distribution and a monthly breakdown of executions. Lists of the female and juvenile offenders executed in 2017 are also included in the tables at the end of the...

13 March 201846 NGOs concerned about the human rights situation in Iran are calling on the UN to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur

TO: Member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We, the undersigned Iranian and international human rights organizations, urge your government to support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, during the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The Iranian authorities have consistently failed to take action on vital reforms that would put its laws, policies and practices into conformity with...

12 March 2018Intervention at the UN: Death penalty in Iran

Extract of the intervention of Taimoor ALIASSI, representative of the Human Rights Association in Kurdistan of Iran in Geneva (KMMK-G) at the United Nations in Geneva. Monday March 12th 2018, United Nations, 37th Session of the Human Rights Council, Item 4   " As highlighted by the Special Rapporteur, the Kurdish community remains one of the most oppressed groups in the country, with individuals persecuted, arrested, sentenced to death and executed because of their ethnic affiliations....

9 March 2018Registrations 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 2018Iran 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...