10 October 2019“Dehumanized”: ECPM publishes a new fact-finding mission on Indonesian death row

On Thursday, October 10, on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, ECPM and its partners KontraS and ADPAN are gathering in Jakarta to launch their fact-finding mission, "Dehumanized", which is studying the situation of Indonesian prisoners on death row. Currently, it is estimated that there's between 236 and 308 people on Indonesion death row. Although they should all be placed in high-security prisons, the scourge of prison overcrowding decides otherwise....

23 September 2019In Japan: red card on executions

Japan is not a perfect host The 9th Rugby World Cup begins on Friday 20 September in Japan. However, ECPM would like to point out that its status as a host does not make it an irreproachable country in terms of human rights. Indeed, in 2018, 15 executions were recorded there. ECPM regrets that such international events are organised in countries regularly denounced for their failure to respect human rights. It should be recalled that this was the case for the basketball world cup, held in...

19 September 2019One month before… The 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty: Focus on the rights of children of parents sentenced to death

On 10 October, the 17th World Day against the Death Penalty will be held, devoted to the children of parents sentenced to death. On this occasion, ECPM and its partners will be involved in numerous events in France and abroad. The theme.... "Children: Unseen Victims of the Death Penalty" Often forgotten, the children of parents sentenced to death or executed carry a heavy emotional and psychological burden that can severely affect their rights. Such trauma can occur at any stage of a...

13 September 2019The main observers of the death penalty in Iran gathered at the UN

During its review by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group in 2014, Iran received the second highest number of recommendations on the death penalty. Five years later, it is still on the podium of the countries condemning to death and executing the most in the world. In order to take stock of these five years of work and make recommendations for Iran's next UPR, to be held in November 2019, ECPM co-organized a side-event on the death penalty in Iran on 12 September at the 42nd...

12 September 20197th World Congress against the Death Penalty… it was 6 months ago (already)!

Already 6 months have passed since the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty, which was held in Brussels from 26 February to 1 March 2019. More diversified, more participatory and more formative than ever, this 7th edition brought together more than 1500 actors in the abolitionist struggle from all over the world. Together, during these four days of debates, training, workshops and cultural events, we seized the opportunity to pool our strengths and ideas to generate projects and...

12 September 2019ECPM’s political season begins – The Proceedings of the 7th World Congress presented to the UN

The Proceedings of Brussels: the imprint of the world's largest abolitionist event Six months after the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty, ECPM is proud to announce the publication of the Proceedings of the Brussels Congress. This unpublished, documented and illustrated book reports on the rich debates held during the Congress and discusses the new associative and political dynamics promoted in this context. For the occasion, ECPM, the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United...

3 August 2019ECPM welcomes the release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir after more than a year and a half of incommunicado detention [Press release]

After five years of detention, almost two of which spent incommunicado, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir was finally released on Monday 29 July and is now, since Friday 2 August, in safety in Europe. On Monday, July 8, President Ould Abdel Aziz met with a commission of ulemas to consult them on this subject. The religious leaders made Mr. Mkhaitir's new public repentance on social networks and in the media a condition for his release. On the same day, Mr. Mkhaitir posted a...

2 August 201931 Moroccan death row inmates pardoned by King Mohammed VI

ECPM welcomes the pardon granted to 4764 people on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the reign of King Mohammed VI. Among these persons, there are 31 death row inmates for whom their sentences have been commuted to life imprisonment. However, there are still 60 others on death row in Moroccan prisons. It is for these 60 prisoners on death row and for all those who could join them that the Moroccan coalition against the death penalty continues to mobilize. Although this...

2 August 20197th World Congress Against the Death Penalty: interview with Carleen Pickard as part of Lush’s abolitionist campaign

Discover the interview of Carleen Pickard, Ethical Campaign Specialist at Lush North America, at the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Brussels. She started a campaign against the death penalty in every store of the region. In this interview, she discusses the reasons for this choice but also the impact it has had on customers and staff. Carleen Pickard spoke alongside Richard Branson at the plenary session "Business and the death penalty" of the 7th World Congress against...

30 July 2019United States: resumption of federal executions after a 16-year moratorium

US Attorney General William Barr said in an official statement on 26 July 2019 that federal executions have resumed in the United States. A lethal procedure has already been chosen and five convicted persons are expected to be executed between December and January. On Thursday, July 26, 2019, William Barr, Attorney General of the United States, i. e. Minister of Justice, thrilled all human rights organizations around the world by putting executions at the federal level back on the...