12 February 2018Defenders of human rights in Iran mourn the passing of Asma Jahangir

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. She passed away on February 11, 2018, and defenders of human rights, particularly those in Iran, mourn her death. Iranian society lost one of the most vocal champions of its rights, its fundamental freedoms, and its fight for dignity. Since her appointment as Special Rapporteur on Iran by the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016, she has brought the voices of...

31 March 2017The 9th annual report by Iran Human Rights and ECPM

Download the report here: Annual report on the death penalty in Iran 2016-ECPM-IHR The 9th annual report by Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report sets out the number of executions in 2016, the trend compared to previous years, charges, geographic distribution and a monthly breakdown of executions. Lists of the women and juvenile offenders executed in 2016 are also...

9 March 2017Summary of the annual report on the death penalty in Iran 2016

Every year we publish in partnership with Iran Human Rights (IHR) the annual report on the death penalty in Iran. This 9th edition gives an assessment and analysis of death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Annual 2016 Report at a Glance 530 people were executed in 2016 (45% decrease from 2015) 232 executions (44%) were announced by official sources 64% of the death sentences carried out in 2016 were issued by the Revolution Courts 296 (56%) were executed for...

28 February 2017Towards a return of the death penalty in the Philippines?

Today, the Philippines Parliament is due to make a decision on a legal text reintroducing the death penalty which the country abolished in 2006. But the populism of President Rodrigo Duterte and his Government runs the risk of facing a number of obstacles, particularly the engagement of Philippine civil society and several binding international treaties. Another step towards the return of capital punishment in the Philippines: the Chamber of Representatives brought debates to a close last...

28 February 2017Zainab Malik from Justice Project Pakistan: “being the bridge between the people being executed and the general public”

Can you sum up the situation of the death penalty in Pakistan? Pakistan had a 7-year moratorium on the death penalty. In that time, the population on death row increased to 8,264 people. In December 2014, there was a very tragic terrorist attack in Peshawar. The terrorists broke into the school and killed 134 children. It was quite tragic; there was an atmosphere of fear and anger amongst the general public. Generally, the view was that the Government wasn’t doing enough to curb terrorism...

21 February 2017JOINT STATEMENT – Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

19 February 2017 AI Index: ACT 50/5741/2017 Ahead of the first vote on the proposed legislative amendments to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines, the undersigned organizations are calling on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its international law obligations and vote against the measure. The move would set the Philippines against its positive achievements in this area and the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty. On 20 February the House of...

27 January 2017Cheikh Diop Dionne: “We never plan to go back on abolition in Senegal,”

For a few weeks now, a small but noteworthy group of Senegalese MPs have been demanding a reintroduction of the death penalty. They seem determined to reopen the debate 50 years after the last execution. A draft law has been put before the National Assembly and some actors from civil society are calling for a referendum on the issue. Last December, Cheikh Diop Dionne, himself an MP from Senegal, participated in a parliamentary seminar in Ouagadougou organised by ECPM and the Burkina Faso...

7 December 2016Khadija Amrir : “They treated me like I wasn’t human”

She has spent more time in prison than on the outside. Khadija Amrir, sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in 1995, was released on 2 August 2016 following a series of royal pardons for good conduct. Her name reverberates around the cells. It inspires admiration and emotion. Often referred to as a model prisoner during her 22 years of imprisonment, Khadija Amrir never accepted her sentence, never stopped fighting and, barely out of prison, she declared that she was ready to tell her...

6 December 2016United States: Abolition in Retreat

Over the last few years, it has almost been possible to imagine America abolishing the death penalty. It was declared institutional by the Supreme Court in certain states and increasingly public opinion has been going against this inhuman punishment. Alas, three referendums and one election have sufficed to push such a possibility into the long grass. The hope that America might abolish the death penalty has been greatly reduced by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United...