28 April 2022Annual report on the death penalty in Iran: sharp rise in executions in 2021

The death penalty situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains alarming with a significant increase in executions in 2021 (+25%) and an increasing number of Iranian women being executed. The number of executions has doubled after the election of Ebrahim Raeisi as President, and as the Islamic Republic and Western governments negotiate to revive the nuclear deal, also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). These are some of the main findings of the 14th Annual Report on...

15 April 2022“Melissa embodies all abolitionist arguments”: a look back at the demonstration in support of Melissa Lucio in Paris

Rassemblement du 14 avril 2022 pour Melissa Lucio - Hôtel de ville de Paris Under the initiative of the group The Youth with Christiane Taubira, several abolitionist associations, human rights activists, members of civil society and elected representatives from Paris gathered at the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville 13 days before Melissa Lucio's scheduled execution date to call on the Texas authorities to reinvestigate the case. Melissa, a working class Latin American woman and mother...

1 April 2022High school students wrote to Melissa Lucio to show their support, one month before the scheduled execution

In February, high school students from the Lycée Augustin Thierry, Blois (France), worked on Melissa Lucio's story in the framework of ECPM's education program. Very touched by her situation, they took the initiative to write her letters of support, as well as writing to Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, to ask him to reconsider the unfair execution of Melissa Lucio planned on April 27.   Ms Weil, who initiated the project, agreed to share why she decided to raise awareness among her...

31 March 2022Sports and the death penalty : On a Reprieve initiative, ECPM and several NGOs call on Formula 1 drivers to take action for the abolition

As the 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix took place on the last weekend of March, ECPM and 9 other human rights groups, including Reprieve, sent joint letters to the drivers, urging them to follow Lewis Hamilton's lead in challenging the Gulf states on rights violations. On Saturday 12 March, 2022, Saudi Arabia beheaded 81 people on death row, more than all executions in 2021. On that day, more than 50 per cent of the condemned prisoners were executed for their participation in pro-democracy...

28 February 2022Three years after Brussels, the World Congress is heading to Berlin!

Find the proceedings of the 7th Congress online to relive the rich debates, the words of the experts and great witnesses, and the film of this major abolitionnist gathering.  Three years later, after a health crisis that has had a heavy impact on human rights around the world, the fight for universal abolition continues: ECPM is preparing the 8th edition of the world's largest abolitionist event in November, in a new host country: Germany! According to Ramla Liatouji, coordinator of the...

24 February 2022#AbolitionNowTour : The Youth Stands Against the Death Penalty

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 and the Middle-East. The project targetted 6 countries in which ECPM was already conducting advocacy actions for the abolition of the death penalty: Morocco, DRC, Kenya, Indonesia, Lebanon and the United States. The...

16 February 2022Iraq’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) regarding the death penalty

In anticipation of the review of Iraq by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva on March 7-8, ECPM and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty are submitting an alternative report to the Committee on the application of the death penalty in Iraq. This report, entitled "Iraq's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) regarding the death penalty", highlights the dysfunctions of the Iraqi judicial system with regard to the death...

16 February 2022ECPM calls on sports organisations to mobilize against the death penalty

While the 2022 Winter Olympics are in full swing in Beijing, the international community keeps pointing out China's numerous failures to respect human rights.  But figures don't lie: China ranks first in the states that executes the most death row inmates in the world per year. Since the World Athletics Championship in Qatar (2019), the Paris-Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia (2020), and the agreement of a soccer club with the Kingdom of Bahrain (2021), ECPM challenges the organisation of...

15 February 2022Interview: “Pannir’s case has the potential to change the general public’s opinion towards the death penalty”

  Learn more on the #SavePannir campaign For me and my family, it has been a lot of sacrifices in time and efforts. We reach out to other families in a similar situation and we try to do our best for them, too.     Santesh: The launch went well. We are thankful to the media that covered the launch, around 50 people were present during the event. We received very good feedbacks, a lot of compliments, support and...