27 January 2017Cheikh Diop Dionne: “We never plan to go back on abolition in Senegal,”

For a few weeks now, a small but noteworthy group of Senegalese MPs have been demanding a reintroduction of the death penalty. They seem determined to reopen the debate 50 years after the last execution. A draft law has been put before the National Assembly and some actors from civil society are calling for a referendum on the issue. Last December, Cheikh Diop Dionne, himself an MP from Senegal, participated in a parliamentary seminar in Ouagadougou organised by ECPM and the Burkina Faso...

7 December 2016Khadija Amrir : “They treated me like I wasn’t human”

She has spent more time in prison than on the outside. Khadija Amrir, sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in 1995, was released on 2 August 2016 following a series of royal pardons for good conduct. Her name reverberates around the cells. It inspires admiration and emotion. Often referred to as a model prisoner during her 22 years of imprisonment, Khadija Amrir never accepted her sentence, never stopped fighting and, barely out of prison, she declared that she was ready to tell her...

6 December 2016United States: Abolition in Retreat

Over the last few years, it has almost been possible to imagine America abolishing the death penalty. It was declared institutional by the Supreme Court in certain states and increasingly public opinion has been going against this inhuman punishment. Alas, three referendums and one election have sufficed to push such a possibility into the long grass. The hope that America might abolish the death penalty has been greatly reduced by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United...

28 October 2016Ndume Olatushani: “As long as I’m living, I’ll be fighting against the death penalty”

Ndume spent 28 years in prison in the United States, 20 of which were on death row, for a crime he did not commit. He was saved by his discovery of drawing and painting, and helped throughout his detention by his family and friends, and abolitionist organisations. Today, he continues to demonstrate his commitment to the fight against the death penalty through his work with young people. What was your initial reaction when you learnt that you had been sentenced to death? I was just really...

28 October 2016Relive the 14th World Day with ECPM!

The World Day is special for our organisation. For 24 hours every year, the issue of the death penalty takes centre stage and all the abolitionist actors come together to publicise their work, distribute information about an issue which is often absent from newspapers, and remind the world of the urgency of universal abolition. It therefore seemed natural to give you a glimpse of what we experience before, during and after 10th October. For ECPM, the World Day began on 8th October for a...

26 October 2016What is the vote on the resolution for a universal moratorium on application of the death penalty?

A resolution in favour of a universal moratorium on application of the death penalty has been put to the vote at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) every two years since 2007. In this text, which has been adopted by a large majority of States on every occasion, the UN reaffirms that application of the death penalty undermines human dignity “and calls upon all the States that still maintain it to establish a moratorium on executions.” Until now, five resolutions have called for a universal...

5 October 2016Draw me the abolition – 3rd edition

To mark the occasion of the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty which will be held on October 10th 2016, secondary schools and sixth form pupils (12 to 18 years old) from all over the world are invited to take part in the third edition of the “Draw Me the Abolition” competition to create a poster against the death penalty. The 50 best drawings selected by an international panel will be exhibited in participating countries and during the Regional and World Congresses Against the Death...

30 September 2016ECPM is extremely proud to share its report of the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty!

3 months have passed since the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo. Enough time for us to collect the figures, hear back from the participants and draw the first conclusions - and they are proving to be excellent: this latest Congress was a success! Political involvement at the highest level 10 ministers, 6 secretaries of State, more than 50 ambassadors, 14 representatives from international organisations and 24 parliamentarians…The panel of political representatives...

30 September 2016Severe Weather Warning for Abolition

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic, I have the honour to request that the National Assembly abolish the death penalty in France.” It was with these words exactly 35 years ago, on 17th September 1981, that Robert Badinter launched the abolition process in France. 11 days later, the law came before the Senate and it was finally promulgated in the Official Journal on 9th October. The political courage we owe to Robert Badinter and François Mitterand is unanimously and universally...