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...

10 October 2020Discover ECPM’s new interactive map

On the occasion of the 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty, ECPM publishes its new interactive map on the situation of capital punishment in the world. Navigate through this comprehensive and interactive tool, strengthening our international advocacy work and providing a new source of information on the situation of the death penalty worldwide. Discover the map The abolition of the death penalty is one of the human rights that has made the most progress...

5 October 2020Access to counsel : a matter of life or death

The 18th World Day against the Death Penalty will be held on 10 October 2020. A much-anticipated event for abolitionist organisations around the world, it will be devoted to the right to effective legal representation from the moment of arrest to the end of the judicial process. Various activities will take place during this week; another opportunity to publicly oppose the use of this inhuman, cruel and degrading punishment and to support those fighting for its abolition around the...

11 August 2020Joint call for an official moratorium on executions in Bahrain

London / Beirut - 11 August 2020   Joint appeal - Bahrain   His Majesty, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Kingdom of Bahrain   In light of the recent confirmation by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation of four death sentences, we write to urge you to commute all current death sentences and to establish an official moratorium on executions.   On 15 June 2020, the Court of Cassation confirmed death sentences handed down to Husain Abdulla Khalil (“al-Rashed”) and Zuhair Ebrahim...

10 July 2020Communiqué de presse – Nomination d’Éric Dupond-Moretti au ministère de la Justice : un espoir pour les Français condamnés à mort en Irak et pour les valeurs de la République ?

Suite à la nomination de Me Éric Dupond-Moretti au Ministère de la Justice, l’ONG Ensemble Contre la Peine de mort (ECPM) interpelle le nouveau Garde des Sceaux afin de lui demander d’intervenir en faveur du rapatriement des hommes et femmes français de Syrie et d’Irak, ainsi que de leurs enfants. Éric Dupond-Moretti avait demandé ce rapatriement en déclarant en 2019 : « Il faut les rapatrier, surtout lorsqu’ils encourent la peine de mort, les juger en France. Il faut...