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Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a non-profit, non-partisan international network of over 1,200 legislators in approximately 130 elected parliaments around the globe, aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and population issues by informing, convening, and mobilizing parliamentarians to realize these goals.

The network of legislators’ programme of work is under the political direction of an Executive Committee of 15 members. This structure allows PGA to effectively push policies at the national, regional, and international levels. PGA also works closely with the UN system through the advisory body of the UN Committee for PGA – comprising senior UN ambassadors, high-level UN officials, and some leading NGO representatives. PGA also has had an extremely effective track record with intergovernmental agencies such as the UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNESCO, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and International IDEA. PGA’s programs on peace and democracy, sustainable development and population, and international law work in close cooperation with NGOs and leading research institutions in these fields

On July 15, 2013, the PGA Executive Committee together with the PGA International Law and Human Rights Programme took the decision to start preparations towards the creation of a global parliamentary platform for the abolition of the death penalty, welcoming a proposal of the PGA UK Board member Mr. Mark Pritchard, MP and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, chaired by PGA member H.E. Ms. Baroness Vivien Stern (member, House of Lords).

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How to Work with Parliamentarians for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 7 October 2021


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World Coalition


Public Opinion 

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This how-to guide, elaborated with Parliamentarians for Global Action with highlights coming from the African continent, is specifically designed for the use of abolitionist civil society groups who want to work with parliamentarians for the abolition of the death penalty.


Addressing the Gender Dimension of the Death Penalty: Coaction Between Parliamentarians and Civil Society

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 10 September 2021


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Created on the occasion of the 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty (10/10/21), this tool’s aim is to provide practical advice and concrete suggestions to civil society organizations who wish/ are already collaborating with parliamentarians to end the death penalty and bring attention to women sentenced to death.


The death penalty and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

on 21 August 2021


NGO report

World Coalition

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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The signatory organizations are convinced that the death penalty is incompatible with the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, which is a peremptory norm of international law (jus cogens) and should thus be abolished. The death penalty is only tolerated by international law and standards to the extent that it may only be imposed for the most serious crimes and applied in a way that causes the least possible suffering. However, the signatory organizations believe that from the sentencing to the execution, the death penalty inevitably causes physical harm and psychological suffering amounting to torture or ill-treatments.

The present position paper documents the extent to which international and regional organisation have already recognised a violation of the absolution prohibitionof torture in the application and imposition of the death penalty.