Over the last ten years, ECPM has supported the participation of Iraqi abolitionist actors in key international events on capital punishment, including the World Congress Against the Death Penalty. In response to the death sentences passed on French nationals in Iraq in 2019, ECPM launched an advocacy campaign entitled “Jihadists in the East: the case of French citizens facing the death penalty in Iraq”. The objective of this campaign is to highlight the situation of these French nationals and to remind the French authorities of their commitment to universal abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.
Between 26 May and 3 June 2019, 11 French nationals were sentenced to death by the Iraqi justice system for “membership of Islamic State”. More than three years later, these eleven French nationals are still on death row in Iraq, without any developments in their situations.
“For a democracy, to use the death penalty against terrorists is to embrace their values.”Robert Badinter, lawyer and former Minister of Justice, ECPM Honorary President