17 April 2021In Malaysia, a pop star sings the words of a death row prisoner

Pannir writes, Santesh sings; both are Malaysian and have almost the same age (33 and 32). But one is on death row in Changi Prison (Singapore), while the other is an M-pop (Malaysian pop) star. In his third album, "Arah Tuju", launched in Malaysia on 17 April, the artist sings the lyrics composed by his imprisoned compatriot. The project was initiated by the "Sebaran Kasih/Spread Love Malaysia" Association, founded by Pannir's sister, Angelia Pranthaman, and proudly...

6 April 2021” Draw me abolition “: you are the jury !

It is time to decide on the winners of the 5th edition of "Draw me abolition"! Out of around 400 posters produced by young people aged between 14 and 20 from 13 different countries, 50 posters have been shortlisted. ECPM and the International Network for Abolition Education are pleased to invite you to vote on the three productions that will be rewarded with the "Public Award" until 15 April. Vote here     The 50 posters, pre-selected after a lengthy...

30 March 2021Publication of the 13th Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran

The situation of the death penalty in Iran is alarming: with at least 267 executions in 2020, Iran had the highest number of executions in the world relative to its population. The 13th Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, carried out by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM, assesses and analyses trends in the death penalty to provide appropriate recommendations and engage in constructive dialogue. Its publication comes in a unique context marked by the dramatic consequences of the...

23 March 2021DRC: Workshop on strategies for the abolition of the death penalty

In the framework of the project "Together for the abolition of the death penalty in Central Africa and South-East Asia", the National Human Rights Commission of the DRC (CNDH-RDC) met on 16 March 2021 for a workshop on strategies for the implementation of the NHRC's roadmap on the abolition of the death penalty, adopted in December 2019.   The workshop was organised by ECPM and its Congolese partner Culture pour la Paix et la Justice (CPJ). ECPM, CPJ and CNDH-RDC have been working...

23 March 2021Civil society organisations call for the immediate operationalisation of the Human Rights Council’s new mandate on Belarus

ECPM co-signs a joint statement by which 63 human rights organisations call for increased support for the UN High Commissioner's mandate on Belarus. " We, the 63 undersigned Belarusian and international human rights organisations, welcome the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council mandating the High Commissioner to create a new robust monitoring and reporting mandate focused on accountability for human rights violations in Belarus that have taken place since 1...

17 March 2021Mumia in danger of death: let’s mobilise!

The news about Mumia Abu Jamal, a 66-year-old African-American journalist, has been alarming since he contracted Covid-19. His health is deteriorating sharply, and his release is necessary. ECPM has long supported Mumia and is mobilising for his life. As the days go by, the news about Mumia's condition becomes more and more alarming. The disease is devastating his body, both inside and out. The photos released by his doctor show physical deterioration. Mumia has constant rashes that cause...

15 March 2021Regional parliamentary seminar in Morocco: The role of parliamentarians against the death penalty in the light of the provisions of the Constitution

On 23 December 2020, a high-level seminar was held at the Ministry of Justice in Morocco. Organised by the Network of Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty (RPCPM), in partnership with the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CMCPM), the Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights (OMDH) and Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM), this Maghreb seminar entitled "the role of male and female parliamentarians against the death penalty in light of the provisions of the Constitution",...

9 March 2021Joint intervention at the UN Human Rights Council on the alarming use of the death penalty in Iran

Iran is one of the world's biggest executioners. In 2020, over 230 executions were reported. An estimated 3,000 people on death row, including 85 minors, are currently held in Iranian prisons. On the occasion of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, Taimoor Aliassi, on behalf of ECPM and Kurdistan Human Rights-Geneva, Iran Human Rights and Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, alerts the Council to the alarming use of the death penalty in Iran. By recorded message, as required by health...

8 March 2021On 8 March, 8 women have already been executed since the beginning of the year

As on every 8th March, which was established as International Women's Day by the United Nations in 1977, ECPM would like to recall that at least 500 women are currently on death row around the world. It is estimated that at least 100 women have been executed in the last 10 years, and although exact figures are impossible to obtain, there are potentially hundreds more. According to known figures for the year 2020, at least 20 women were executed in four countries (according to Capital...

5 March 2021Egypt: 16 people, including at least three women, executed for ordinary crimes

On Tuesday 2 March, 11 death row inmates were executed in Egypt by hanging at Borg el-Arab prison, north of Alexandria. Three days before, on Saturday 27 February, 5 other convicts, including three women, were executed in Ismailia (north-east), also for common crimes. Read our brief on the death penalty in Egypt  >>  Last December, ECPM already warned about the alarming increase in executions in the country (they tripled in 2020 compared to previous years) and issued a press...