19 December 2018121 countries voted for a universal moratorium

ECPM welcomes the adoption of this resolution by a record number of states: on December 17, at the vote of the UN General Assembly, 121 countries voted for a universal moratorium, confirming the global trend in favor of the abolition of the death penalty. Download the press release Since 2007, a resolution for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty has been put to the vote of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) every two years. The 2018 resolution introduced new...

11 December 201870 years of the UDHR: Human rights defenders tell us about their fights

Today, December 10, 2018, the UDHR celebrates its seventieth anniversary. The opportunity for ECPM to give voice to those around the world (Iran, Algeria, Indonesia, Tunisia, Cameroon, Malaysia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon), fighting daily to defend human rights. A big thank you to our eight partners, with singular and evocative journeys, for taking the time to answer our questions. IRAN - Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Director of Iran Human Rights (IHR) 1. Would you tell us...

26 November 20187th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, 3 months to go

ECPM invites you to meet us in Brussels on February 26th 2019 for the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty! The World Congress against the Death Penalty, an essential meeting of abolitionist activists, encourages countries to make concrete commitments, mobilizes public opinion and helps to develop common strategies. For its 7th edition, the Congress will be held in Brussels, the European capital, from February 26th to the 1st of March 2019. It is organised by ECPM in partnership with...

16 November 20188 more countries vote for a universal moratorium!

On November 13th, 123 UN Member States voted in favour of the resolution for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty, 8 more than in 2016. There have never been so many of them! Thanks to this resolution passed every two years at the UN, the traditional blocs that exist at the global, regional and even neighbouring levels are tending to fade away, giving more scope to the global abolitionist movement. Find here the press release and the map of the countries involved. Download...

16 November 2018Malaysia is leading the way to abolition in Southeast Asia!

WORD OF.... Marie-Lina Samuel, ECPM Africa-Asia Project Coordinator Nothing seems to be able to stop the march towards Malaysian abolition ! After proclaiming it at the regional parliamentary seminar (organised by ECPM, ADPAN and PGA on October 30th and 31st 2018 in Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia has just consolidated its position on the international scene: by voting in favour of the moratorium resolution on the death penalty in the Third Committee at the UN on November 13th, it is breathing new...

9 November 2018Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir should have been freed one year ago

What are the Mauritanian authorities waiting for to free Mohamed Mkhaïtir? While the Court of Appeal released him on November 9th 2017, the Mauritanian blogger accused of apostasy is still being held in an unknown place. 32 human rights organizations are campaigning for his release and protection. Read the press release (November 2018) Read the press release in English Mohammed Sheikh Ould Mkhaitir was arrested on 2 January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy by the Nouadhibou...

29 October 2018Standing against death penalty in Asia: Malaysia leads the way!

There's a lot of activity in Asia! After Malaysia officially announced its interest in abolishing the death penalty, it is hosting a regional parliamentary seminar on 30 and 31 October entitled "Oppose the death penalty in Asia". Many associations fighting for human rights and the abolition of the death penalty will be present at the Malaysian Parliament, in its capital Kuala Lumpur, to exchange views with ministers and parliamentarians from the region. It is an opportunity to recall the...

1 October 2018October 10th : focus on the conditions of detention of inmates on death row

Read the brochure on the 16th World day against the death penalty The World day against the death penalty is coming up : October 10th will be a good occasion to pass on the abolitionist message, but not only that. This year, conferences, performances and meetings will particularly enhance the issue of the conditions of detention that inmates on death row face. “Without regards to the possibility of execution, the incarceration in itself of prisoners sentenced to death is alarming...

1 June 2018Good news : abolition of the death penalty in Burkina Faso !

PRESS RELEASE : Burkina Faso’s National Assembly adopted on 31 May 2018 a new penal code providing for the abolition of death penalty. After the law’s enactment by President Kaboré, Burkina Faso will become the 21st abolitionist country in Africa and 114th in the world (for ordinary crimes). On 31 May 2018, the representatives of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso voted the abolition of the death penalty for ordinary crimes, by 83 votes to 43. This historic step is the result of...