ECPM ON THE SPOT
ECPM is developing action in a number of countries in order to spread the abolitionist cause far and wide. This work hinges on four essential areas.
The first, federation, involves identifying actors committed to combating the death penalty and enabling them to unite their strengths. Reinforcement, the second area, aims to assist these actors in their struggle against capital punishment by providing support, be it strategic, financial, logistical, etc. This in turn can feed the third area: advocacy. This requires the organisation of high-level political meetings, the creation of awareness raising campaigns, the establishment of regular anti-death penalty events, etc. Finally, the Education section is particularly interested in raising awareness among citizens in the school environment. Through its involvement on the ground, ECPM has developed real expertise in the various obstacles to abolition which can persist in a variety of national contexts.
Since when ?
ECPM started its action in Mauritania in 2014 (?)
With whom ?
ECPM works with the Mauritanian Coalition against the Death Penalty, Refugees-Human Rights Planet (PRDH), the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights (AMDH), the Solidarity Committee with Victims of Human Rights Violations (CSVVDH) and the RAFAH association.
What objective ?
ECPM aims to support the Muaritanian Coalition so that it can grow. ECPM advocates for a reform of the Penal Code, promotes international instruments such as the resolution for a moratorium on executions and the monitoring of commitments made by the country during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
2014: ECPM supports blogger Mohammed Mkhaitir, sentenced to death for apostasy.
July 2016: ECPM facilitates the organization of an awareness workshop on the right to life and penal reform, in the presence of around fifty people.
May 2018: ECPM issues a joint public statement with 20 other NGOs in order to call on the Mauritanian authorities to repeal the new law provided for in article 306 of the Penal Code making the death penalty mandatory in the event of blasphemy, even if there is to repent. This text was adopted on April 27, 2018 while the 62nd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights was being held in Nouakchott, including a panel on the death penalty.
February 2019: ECPM and its partners, PRDH, AMDH, CSVVDH and RAFAH, publish the first study on the death penalty and the conditions of detention and treatment of death row prisoners in Mauritania. It is presented in preview at the 7th World Congress.
May 2019: ECPM goes on an advocacy mission to Mauritania and meets the president of the CNDH of Mauritania as well as the Commissioner for Human Rights. ECPM also participates in a CCPR workshop.
June 2019: ECPM participates in the session of the Human Rights Committee in the framework of the UPR of Mauritania.
July 29, 2019: After a long battle, numerous pleas to the authorities and numerous public statements, Mohammed Mkhaitir is finally released and leaves Muaritania with the help of ECPM.