30 avril 2013Twelve years of World Congresses Against the Death Penalty

Since 2001, the World Congress against the death penalty, organised by ECPM in partnership with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, has become an abolitionist event not to be missed. After Strasbourg in 2001, Montreal in 2004 (photo), Paris in 2007, and Geneva in 2010, the 5th World Congress against the death penalty will take place in Madrid at the invitation of the Spanish Government and with sponsorship from the Norwegian, Swiss and French Governments. In the lead up to the next...

30 avril 2013Douze ans de Congrès mondiaux contre la peine de mort

Depuis 2001, le Congrès mondial contre la peine de mort organisé par Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM) en partenariat avec la Coalition mondiale contre la peine de mort, s’est imposé comme le rendez-vous incontournable des abolitionnistes. Après Strasbourg en 2001, Montréal en 2004, Paris en 2007 et Genève en 2010, le 5e Congrès mondial se tiendra à Madrid, à l’invitation du Gouvernement espagnol, et sous le parrainage des Gouvernements norvégien, suisse et...

29 avril 2013French diplomacy acting for universal abolition

Inefficient, irreversible and inhumane – the death penalty is not justice. It is the opposite of justice. That is why France has decided to back the campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty. As the country of human rights, it is part of our identity to campaign for the principles in which we believe. For more than 30 years, one of these principles has been that one cannot kill in the name of justice. Our diplomats have been ordered to take action accordingly, in...

29 avril 2013Switzerland supports those who move the debate forward

In 2010, Switzerland hosted the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva. We were proud to sponsor that event, which brought together more than 1,500 people for several days of vivid debates in the universal capital of human rights. This year, our country is once again proud to support this major event by co-sponsoring the Congress in Madrid. We consider the death penalty to be a cruel, inhumane and degrading form of punishment, which we oppose categorically, under any...

29 avril 2013La Suisse soutient les ONG qui s’emploient à faire avancer le débat

En 2010, la Suisse accueillait à Genève le 4e Congrès mondial contre la peine de mort. Elle était fière de parrainer cet événement qui avait réuni plus de 1 500 personnes pour plusieurs jours de riches débats dans la capitale universelle des droits de l’homme. Cette année, notre pays est heureux d’apporter une nouvelle fois son soutien à ce rendez-vous majeur en co-parrainant le Congrès de Madrid. Nous considérons la peine de mort comme une peine cruelle, inhumaine et...

29 avril 2013Editorial: the death penalty is not history yet

Let’s gather in Madrid between June 12-15 A new report taking stock on the death penalty worldwide published in April* highlights the diminishing number of death sentences in those countries that still use capital punishment. This could mislead us into believing that nooses, lethal injections and firing squads will soon be consigned to the museum of mankind’s bygone horrors. This is far from being the case. While the abolition of the death penalty is indeed making progress, with...

29 avril 2013Édito : non, la peine de mort n’appartient pas encore au passé

Rendez-vous à Madrid du 12 au 15 juin La présentation de l’état des lieux de la peine capitale dans le monde en 2012*, qui vient de paraitre en avril, en mettant l’accent sur la diminution du nombre de condamnations à mort et de pays pratiquant des exécutions, est tendancieuse car elle pourrait nous laisser croire que le monde rangera bientôt, sans résistance, garrots, injections létales et autres pelotons d’exécutions au musée des horreurs de...

29 avril 2013Draw me the abolition

Out of the mouths of babes: drawings made by French and Spanish secondary school students demonstrate the commitment of the youth against the death penalty. The drawing submitted for the contest “Draw me abolition” organized by ECPM and Poster for Tomorrow and presented at the World Congress Against the Death Penalty show that the younger generation brings hope of a world without the death penalty. Eight classes from France and five classes from Madrid took part in this civic...

29 avril 2013How to campaign better against the death penalty… and what to replace it with?

The debates of the 5th World Congress are organized along strategic lines determined either by their weight in the current agenda or by the possibilities they offer to take action in favour of abolition in the short and medium terms. From strategies to counter the argument that the fight against terrorism could justify the death penalty, to the defense of foreign nationals sentenced to death, international anti-drug policies and the resulting executions, the fate of juveniles faced with the...

29 avril 2013Asia among key World Congress target regions

While taking stock of all retentionist regions, the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty will take a closer look at areas where the death penalty issue is connected to a specific political context. That is the case in the Middle East-North Africa region, Iran, Africa and in certain Asian countries such as India, Japan and Indonesia, where executions resumed recently. The situation in the United States remains a major concern in the democratic world, considering the...