21 January 2021Death penalty in Lebanon: ECPM publishes its new fact-finding mission

As Lebanon has just celebrated, on 20 January, 17 years of moratorium on executions, ECPM and its partners are publishing an exclusive fact-finding mission to Lebanon's death rows. "Alive, without being", written by Carole Berrih and Karim El Mufti, puts into perspective the numerous testimonies gathered by the investigators in relation to the historical, legal and political context of the country in order to question public opinion and engage in dialogue with the authorities. This report was...

19 January 2021Launch of a small grants programme in DRC and Cameroon

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 objective of these calls are : providing support to civil society organizations working on human rights outside the capitals, promoting and raising awareness about abolition...

15 January 2021Join us on 21 January for the webinar to launch our fact-finding mission in Lebanon

Join us on Thursday, 21 January at 10am (UTC+1) for the launch of our new fact-finding mission on the death penalty in Lebanon, "Alive, without being". Register online by following this link. The fact-finding mission was carried out by ECPM in partnership with the AJEM (l'Association Justice et Miséricorde) and the LACR (the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights). Carole Berrih, Director of Synergies Coopération and editor of this report, and her co-editor Karim El Mufti took up the...

13 January 2021United States : Lisa Montgomery, a life of torture

Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection on the night of Tuesday, January 12 to Wednesday, January 13, at a federal penitentiary in Terre-Haute, Indiana. Despite a strong mobilization and last-minute attempts to appeal, the Supreme Court gave the green light to the execution. Photo taken by Lisa Montgomery's lawyers /Reuters Lisa Montgomery, 52, was sentenced to death in 2007. She is the first woman to be executed by the federal government since Bonnie Head was executed in...

18 December 2020Record number of states vote in favour of a universal moratorium

On 16 December 2020 the UN General Assembly voted by a very large majority (123 States) in favour of the resolution entitled "Moratorium on the use of the death penalty" at its 75th session. ECPM welcomes this further step towards universal abolition: since this resolution was adopted in 2007, more States have voted in favour of a total halt to executions than ever before. This year, 123 States voted in favour, 38 voted against, 24 abstained and 8 did not take part in the vote. Through this...

5 December 2020Help ECPM to continue its fight ! Make a donation for abolition

Even today, 49 countries still apply the death penalty ; in some, even expressing one's opinion or loving a person of the same sex is punishable by this inhuman and degrading punishment. For 20 years now, ECPM has been committed to your side by stating loud and clear that no crime justifies the monopoly of a country on the lives of individuals, and the use of this practice which is devoid of any deterrent effect. To support us, ECPM offers you a choice between a one-off...

26 November 2020The process of abolishing the death penalty in member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

As the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is being held in Niamey, Niger, on 27 and 28 November 2020, ECPM and Nael Georges publish the study The process of abolishing the death penalty in member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Available in English, French and Arabic, this publication presents the results of interviews and research carried out in 2020, providing a better understanding of the processes...

20 November 2020Universal moratorium : Let’s mobilise for the plenary vote scheduled for mid-December 2020

On 17 November 2020 the UN Third Committee, which works specifically on human rights issues, voted by a very large majority in favour of the resolution entitled “ Moratorium on the use of the death penalty ”. The resolution was adopted by 120 States, 39 voted against it, 24 abstained and 10 did not take part in the vote. These results confirm the global trend towards the abolition of the death penalty. The stakes of the vote on the resolution remain particularly high in view of the...

10 November 2020Launch of the international poster competition “Draw me the abolition” for young people committed against the death penalty

On the occasion of the 18th World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2020, young people from all over the world are invited to participate in the 5th edition of the "Draw me the Abolition" competition to design a poster against the death penalty. The 50 best posters selected by an international jury will be exhibited in the participating countries and during the next Congresses against the death penalty organised by ECPM. A trilingual exhibition catalogue will also be published to...

23 October 2020Launch of a small grants programme in Indonesia and Malaysia

ECPM, along with its partners ADPAN and KontraS, is launching its small grants programme for 2021 in Indonesia and Malaysia. Two projects by country, running 3 to 12 months from January 2021 and based outside the capitals, will be selected. The application deadline is 22 November 2020. General objective of these calls : providing support to civil society organizations working on human rights outside the capitals, to promote and raise awareness about abolition of the death penalty in their...