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Democratic Republic of Congo


Country status
Figures for 2022. The last execution in DRC took place in 2003. In December 2022, the DRC voted against the UN Resolution calling for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty, changing its status to that of retentionist according to ECPM methodology.

ECPM has been working with Culture pour la Paix et la Justice (CPJ asbl) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2005, when the NGOs carried out a joint fact-finding mission on the conditions of detention of prisoners on death row in DRC. This first report won the Human Rights Prize awarded by the French Republic. A second fact-finding mission report, “Towards a Silent Death”, was published in 2019 and provided some elements of information that was previously unknown to the public and the authorities.

ECPM and CPJ work together to boost advocacy with national authorities on the abolition of the death penalty and to build the capacity of the actors involved, at the level of the parliament and civil society, including by organising a series of round tables, workshops and conferences. The actions carried out also aim to increase transparency on the issue, in particular in relation to conditions of detention on death row, and to raise the awareness of young people on the issue of the abolition of the death penalty. The activist spirit of the country’s young people is growing and is reflected in particular in the participation of many of them in the abolition poster competition organised by ECPM every year.

ECPM and CPJ work closely with the Human Rights Commission (CNDH-RDC), the Réseau des parlementaires congolais contre la peine de mort, the Réseau des avocats congolais contre la peine de mort and the Coalition congolaise contre la peine de mort.

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Conditions of detention, Overview of the death penalty
Towards a silent death: conditions of detention of people sentenced to death, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Oct 2022
Conditions of detention, Overview of the death penalty
Towards a silent death: conditions of detention of people sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Oct 2022
Human Rights Protection Mechanisms
Democratic Republic Republic of Congo 33rd session of the UPR working group Death penalty May 2019 (French)
Oct 2022
Conditions of detention, Overview of the death penalty
The death penalty in the great lakes region Rwanda • Democratic Republic of Congo • Burundi (French)
Oct 2022

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The death penalty in law and in practice in DRC

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Meet the winners of the 6th edition of the “Draw me abolition” competition!
16 June 2023
This year, around 500 young people from 10 different countries brought together their artistic talents and militant commitment to draw up the abolitionist posters of the future. From Austria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Germany, Indonesia, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda, our young artists demonstrated exceptional creativity! Among…
Advocacy, In the field
#ABOLITIONNOWTOUR: A look back on a year of activism around the world
01 December 2022
A year ago, ECPM launched an exceptional mobilisation of the world's youth, aimed at raising awareness among the new generation about the issues at stake in the abolition of the death penalty and to give new impetus to the fight led by the activists from the outset. Six delegations of…
Poster Abolition Now Tour
In the field
#AbolitionNowTour : The Youth Stands Against the Death Penalty
24 February 2022
ECPM is glad to introduce an unprecedented experience! In the framework of the 8th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, due in Berlin in November 2022, ECPM just wrapped up the #AbolitionNowTour: a unique mobilization programe intended for young people from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East and North America. The project targetted 6 countries…
Event, In the field
Announcement of the 5th edition of the “Draw me the abolition” competition’s winners!
30 April 2021
Competition poster
” Draw me abolition “: you are the jury !
06 April 2021
It is time to decide on the winners of the 5th edition of “Draw me abolition”! Out of around 400 posters produced by young people aged between 14 and 20 from 13 different countries, 50 posters have been shortlisted. ECPM and the International Network for Abolition Education are pleased to…
3 persons seating for a workshop day about abolition of the death penalty
Event, In the field
DRC: Workshop on strategies for the abolition of the death penalty
23 March 2021
In the framework of the project “Together for the abolition of the death penalty in Central Africa and South-East Asia”, the National Human Rights Commission of the DRC (CNDH-RDC) met on 16 March 2021 for a workshop on strategies for the implementation of the NHRC’s roadmap on the abolition of…
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Editorial / opinion page, In the field
Launch of a small grants programme in DRC and Cameroon
19 January 2021
ECPM, along with its partners CPJ and Droits et Paix, is launching its small grants programme for 2021 in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. Two projects by country, running 3 to 12 months from May 2021 and based outside the capitals, will be selected. The application deadline is 28 February 2021. General…
ECPM publishes a good practice guide for NHRIs
28 February 2020
The abolition of the death penalty must become a priority for national human rights institutions (NHRIs), whose mandate is to protect and promote human rights in their countries, as well as the fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In order to assist NHRIs in…
In pictures, In the field
The 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty is already over, but the fight for abolition continues
14 October 2019
At the dawn of the 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty, ECPM takes you around the world to campaign together for universal abolition. Under the map, find more details about the events we have supported! Follow the news of the abolition with the hashtag #AbolitionNow! Find out more about…