ECPM has various ongoing campaigns aimed at achieving universal abolition of the death penalty. From supporting the rights of LGBTQIA+ people and others on death row around the world, to advocacy at the UN, our campaigns embody the diversity of our causes and means of action.
French nationals sentenced to death abroad
Hank Skinner, an American citizen, was arrested on 1 January 1994 in Texas, accused of a triple homicide. He was sentenced to death in March 1995, in the absence of any incriminating evidence and despite the sheriff’s clear intention not to investigate exonerating evidence. 95% of the samples taken from the crime scene were not tested until 2012, following a lengthy legal battle to obtain DNA testing. Between 2010 and 2011, Hank Skinner survived three scheduled executions.
Love is not a crime
Asserting and living one’s sexual orientation freely is not a crime and should have no place in a penal code. However, in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, legislation continues to penalise homosexuality.
Jihadists in the East: the case of French citizens facing the death penalty in Iraq
For several years, people from all over the world have been leaving in their tens of thousands to join the ranks of the Islamic State in the Levant region, particularly in Syria. France is the European country with by far the most nationals leaving for the region. Large numbers have also left from other countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Iraq is one of the five states that execute the most people in the world. More than 7,900 people are currently on death row, including eleven French nationals.
Annual Report on Iran
ECPM pays particular attention to the situation in Iran, the country that holds the record for the highest number of executions in proportion to its population.
Vote for a universal moratorium
Since 2007, every two years, a resolution for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty has been put to a vote in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).