The Congress in Berlin will be the first in the Covid era #8CongressECPM
We expect it to be the Congress of resurgence, so we can exchange with our fellow abolitionists about our common actions. It will be a modern and inclusive event, enriched with different figures and shaped to be accessible to a wide range of people. We all learned to live with the pandemic, adapting our ways to communicate, and we have managed to maintain high standards to keep speaking out on the reality of the death penalty through qualitative webinars and online conferences.
Nonetheless, the digitisation of our demonstrations must stop. The Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, as well as other bodies (ACHPR, etc.) have almost closed their doors to the NGOs, while people are being condemned to death through video conference, in Iran and elsewhere. We need to rally again, to share a drink and exchange on our actions to prepare together the abolition of tomorrow. We need to remobilise the young activists into the abolitionist family.
Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, demonstrated his support to the abolitionist struggle and to ECPM in particular, during the ceremony in tribute to Robert Badinter, ECPM’s honorary President, at the Pantheon. We are proud to see that our fight and our involvement are being recognised as a major element of the international stakes of France and of all our international partners such as Germany, Norway or Switzerland.