World Coalition to celebrate 10th anniversary in Jordan


By Aurélie Plaçais, on 28 May 2012

Ten years after its founding General Assembly held in 2002 in Rome, Italy, the World Coalition is celebrating its anniversary in Amman.
In 10 years, the World Coalition has grown to become an independant NGO with more than 130 members organisations from all over the world. It has become a key actor in the fight for universal abolition of the death penalty.

The first day of the conference is restricted to World Coalition members, to discuss administrative and strategic issues.
It is also an opportunity for the World Coalition to offer its members training seminars, for example on the role of lawyers or murder victims families in the abolitionist movement.
During the second day, the World Coalition and its host are organizing seminars and round tables open to the public to raise awareness on the various aspects of the death penalty.
One of the open sessions taking place on 17 June addresses the progress made in the past 10 years and challenges ahead – the theme of the 10th World Day against the Death Penalty.
The two-day meeting in Amman is also the perfect place to follow up on the situation of the death penalty in the Arab World and on the discussions held in Rabat, Morocco during last year’s General Assembly.
Workshops also include work on the coming UN General Assembly moratorium resolution and on the African Commission on Human and People’s rights.


Saturday 16 June – Open to members of the World Coalition only

10am-12pm: Statutory meeting

12-1pm: Follow-up on the evaluation of the work of the World Coalition

2-3 pm, Workshop: How to use the new World Coalition’s extranet

3-4 pm, Workshop: Working with surviving family members of murder victims
Presented by Renny Cushing (Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights)

3-4 pm, Workshop: Strategic litigation and how it can feed into campaigns against the death penalty
Presented by Marc Callcutt (Reprieve)

4-6 pm: Steering Committee meeting (Steering Committee members only)

Sunday 17 June – open to the public

9.00-10.30am, Opening session

Moderator: Taghreed Jaber – MENA Regional Director, Penal Reform International
–    Florence Bellivier (President of the World Coalition, FIDH)
–    Dr Musa Breizat- Commissioner of the Jordanian Center for Human Rights
–    Judge Dr Mustafa Al-Assaf – Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice

11.00-12.00am, Plenary session: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World Coalition : Progress made towards abolition in the past ten years and challenges ahead
–    Patrick Galahue (Harm Reduction International)
–    Habib Marsit (Tunisian Coalition Against the Death Penalty)
–    Hsinyi Lin (Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty)
–    Carmelo Campo Cruz (Puerto Rico Coalition Against the Death Penalty)

12-1pm, Workshop: UNGA moratorium resolution strategy
Presented by Chiara Sangiorgio and Jan Wetzel (Amnesty International)

12-1pm, Workshop: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights
Presented by Cecile Marcel (FIACAT) and Florence Bellivier (FIDH)

2.30-3.30pm, Workshop: Religious arguments
Presented by Haitham Shibli, Research Manager, Penal Reform International
–    Professor Hamdi al-Taba’a – Researcher, Islamic scholar and a  human rights activist / professor at the international  University of Islamic Sciences
–    Taleb Al-Saqaf – Director of Human and Environment Observatory and a former deputy head of human rights  group of experts  in the Arab League – independent experts

2.30-3.30pm, Workshop: the SAFE California Campaign
Presented by Elizabeth Zitrin (Death Penalty Focus)

4-6pm, Panel discussion on the death penalty in the Middle East since the Arab Spring

Moderator: Raphael Chenuil-Hazan, ECPM
Speakers :
–    Sophie Abu Soboh (Leaders Organisation, Palestine)
–    Taghreed Jaber (PRI Jordan)
–    Nassr Abood (Iraqi Coalition Against the Death Penalty)
–    Ziad Achour (Association Justice et Miséricorde-AJEM, Lebanon)
–    Rahman Javanamrdi (Iran Human Rights)
–    Ziad Naboulsi (Association Libanaise pour L’Education el la Formation – ALEF)

The Rabat Working Group of the 5th World Congress is also taking place during this General Assembly.



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