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The 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty Highlights the Life-Saving Importance of Effective Legal Representation in Capital Cases

By Gia Tongson, on 18 November 2020

The 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty explored the theme “Access to Counsel: A Matter of Life or Death” in light of the continued execution of individuals who struggle to have adequate support from their lawyers, who consequently also face their own challenges in the judicial system. Having access to qualified and effective representation […]

2020

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Congo

Egypt

Fair Trial

France

Kazakhstan

Philippines

Portugal

Uganda

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High-Level Remote Panel on the Moratorium Resolution

By Louis Linel, on 6 November 2020

On 5 November, a webinar gathering high-level panelists was held by Ensemble contre la peine de mort / Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) as one of their initiatives for the moratorium campaign. Usually organized in New York, USA on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the event had to be facilitated […]

2020

Algeria

Belgium

Democratic Republic of the Congo

France

Italy

Moratorium

Morocco

Switzerland

Document(s)

Death penalty – Beyond abolition

By Council of Europe / Hugo Adam Bedau / Peter Hodgkinson / Roger Hood / Robert Badinter / Michel Forst / Anne Ferrazzini / Eric Prokosch / H.C Krüger / C. Ravaud / Sir Nigel Rodley / Renate Wohlwend / Yoshihiro Yasuda / Anatoly Pristavkin, on 8 September 2020


2020

Book

France

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Europe is today the only region in the world where the death penalty has been almost completely abolished. In the Council of Europe’s 45 member states, including the European Union’s 15 member states and its 13 candidate countries, capital punishment is no longer applied. The Council of Europe played a pioneering role in the battle for abolition, believing that the death penalty has no place in democratic societies under any circumstances. This determination to eradicate the death penalty was reflected in Protocol No.6 to the European Convention on Human Rights, on the abolition of the death penalty in peacetime, which was adopted in April 1983, then in Protocol No.13 on the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances, adopted in May 2002.Introduced by Roger Hood, an international expert on death penalty legislation, this book reviews the long and sometimes tortuous path to abolition in Europe. It also addresses the tangible problems which countries face once the death penalty has been abolished, and related issues: the situation of murder victims’ families and alternatives to capital punishment, particularly the choice of a substitute sentence.The Council of Europe’s campaign for abolition is currently being pursued beyond Europe’s borders, in those states which have Observer status with the organisation, particularly the United States and Japan: the situation in these countries is discussed here.This publication will be of interest to all those who feel concerned by this issue, particularly members of NGOs, lawyers, officials in departments dealing with legal and criminal affairs, and human rights campaigners.

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Abolitionist movement turns to parliamentarians

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 11 October 2013

Two major events brought together international MPs on World Day Against the Death Penalty to further parliamentary cooperation in the struggle against capital punishment. The World Coalition will publish a handbook to assist abolitionist parliamentarians.

2013

Algeria

Egypt

France

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Lebanon

Libya

Mauritania

Morocco

State of Palestine

Tunisia

United Kingdom

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Human Rights Council tackles death penalty

By Aurélie Plaçais, on 29 March 2013

The UN body in charge of defending and promoting human rights has devoted a large part of its 22nd session to discussing capital punishment and its abolition, and vowed to continue at its next meetings.

2013

Algeria

Belgium

Benin

Costa Rica

Egypt

France

Moldova

Mongolia

Rwanda

Switzerland

United States

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Justice ministers meet as Colosseum lights up to say yes to life

By Community of Sant'Egidio, on 10 December 2012

The Community of Sant’Egidio conducted a crucial political networking exercise in favour of abolition in Rome at the end of November before 1,600 cities lit up their monuments against the death penalty.

2012

Benin

Burundi

Central African Republic

France

Gabon

Italy

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Mongolia

Public Opinion 

Switzerland

Togo

United States

Uzbekistan

Zimbabwe

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Campaigners and political leaders unite against the death penalty

on 24 February 2010

Representatives from 56 abolitionist and retentionist countries attended the opening session of the World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva.

2010

Belarus

France

Italy

Mongolia

Norway

Qatar

Senegal

Spain

Switzerland

Viet Nam

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International pressure on Iraq to stop executions

on 18 February 2010

Several UN member states taking part in Iraq’s UN human rights review have asked Bagdad to restore a moratorium on the use of the death penalty and to move towards abolition.

2010

France

Iraq

Iraq

Italy

Terrorism

United Kingdom

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Geneva 2010: organising for stronger campaigning

on 7 February 2010

The programme of the World Congress Against the Death Penalty is intended to give abolitionists an opportunity to reflect on their joint actions, including campaigns coordinated by the World Coalition.

2010

Benin

France

Italy

Spain

Switzerland

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Spain and world academics join forces against the death penalty

on 22 December 2009

Spanish President José Luis Zapatero attended the international abolitionist colloquium during which the Academic Network against the Death Penalty was launched.

2009

Benin

Chile

France

Mental Illness

Spain

Women

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Paris activists lie down against US federal executions

on 10 July 2009

ACAT-France and Amnesty International France staged their 9th “die-in” against the death penalty in the United States.

2009

Death Row Conditions 

France

France

Innocence

United States

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Corpses of doubtful origin banned from Paris exhibition

on 24 April 2009

Two French organisations have won a court case against an exhibition presenting human bodies likely to be those of executed Chinese citizens.

2009

China

Fair Trial

France

France

Article(s)

Video: China’s death penalty Olympic medal

on 8 April 2008

French organisation Together Against the Death Penalty seized the opportunity of the Olympic Torch relay in Paris to highlight China’s world record when it comes to executions.

2008

China

France

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World Day: the French and Iranians hand-in-hand in Paris

on 12 October 2007

Abolitionists from the two countries set up a gallows in the heart of the French capital similar to that used in Tehran only a few weeks ago.

2007

Fair Trial

France

France

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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Flurry of initiatives against the death penalty at ACATs in the past year

on 7 August 2007

During the past year, the 28 member associations in the FIACAT network have given their abolitionist activities a boost. The issue of the death penalty is at the heart of their mission.

2007

Belgium

Burundi

Canada

Democratic Republic of the Congo

France

Luxembourg

Switzerland

United Kingdom

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“Die-in” against the death penalty in the US

on 4 July 2007

For the seventh consecutive year, 200 people showed their support for American death-row prisoners and their opposition to capital punishment in an event in Paris organised by ACAT France and Amnesty International France.

2007

France

United States

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The World Coalition plays a pivotal role at the 3rd World Congress Against the Death Penalty

on 1 May 2007

The 3rd World Congress Against the Death Penalty came to an end in Paris on 3 February 2007. It was an opportunity for abolitionists from all around the world to come together in greater numbers than ever to exchange experiences and prospects for the future.

2007

France