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Take Action for World Day 2016!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 3 October 2016

Check what you can do for 10 October. Browse the calendar of events and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2016

Terrorism

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Papua New Guinea: one step away from full abolition of the death penalty

By Aurélie Plaçais, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 21 January 2022

Papua New Guinea’s National Parliament voted to repeal the death penalty on 20 January2022. The bill has now to be signed into law and to be published in the official gazette.

2022

Moratorium

Papua New Guinea

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Repeals Death Penalty for people with intellectual disability

By Louis Linel, on 10 February 2021

By commuting two death sentences, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that capital punishment cannot be carried out to people with serious mental health issues.

2021

Intellectual Disability

Pakistan

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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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Guatemala abolishes the death penalty for ordinary crimes

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 31 October 2017

On October 24, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala has abolished the death penalty in civil cases.

2017

Guatemala

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1,700-mile “Walk4Life” across the US

on 13 March 2008

American hip-hop artist Andre Latallade, also known as Capital-“X”, will walk 1,700 miles from New Jersey to Texas from March 31 to campaign against the death penalty.

2008

Drug Offenses

United States

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China reduces the number of crimes punishable by death to 46, but keeps drug trafficking in the list

By Aurélie Plaçais, on 7 October 2015

China removes nine non-violent and rarely used criminal offenses from capital punishment.

2015

China

Drug Offenses

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Live from death row

on 25 February 2010

The 180 members of the public who had gathered to view the film Manners of dying had an opportunity to witness a discussion between Mumia Abu-Jamal and his lawyer Robert Bryan.

2010

Switzerland

United States

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Gambia commits to full abolition of the death penalty

By Nicolas Chua, on 26 October 2018

On 28 September 2018, during the UN Treaty Event in New York, Gambia ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the irreversible abolition of the death penalty, alongside the Convention Against Torture.

2018

Gambia

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Call for actions in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean

By Greater Caribbean For Life and World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 10 July 2018

As part of a joint project which aims to create a platform for death penalty reform in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, the Greater Caribbean For Life (GCL) and the World Coalition are lanching a call for actions.

2018

Barbados

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Nigeria resumes executions despite strong mobilization by local NGOs

By Léa Macarez, on 4 July 2013

After a seven-year moratorium, four men were hanged on 24 June and other executions are being planned.

2013

Nigeria

Nigeria

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The Tuscany region against the death penalty

on 21 November 2007

The regional council will hold an abolitionist conference with speakers from various countries at the end of November.

2007

Benin

Côte d'Ivoire

Italy

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Moroccan coalition highlights Mrini case

on 12 February 2008

The Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty has been campaigning about the case of Amin Mrini, a Moroccan-born Dutch national sentenced to death in Salé whose appeal will he heard from February 13.

2008

Fair Trial

Morocco

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One in nine exonerations in new database is a capital case

By World Coalition, on 26 May 2012

A new online project listing 891 exonerated wrongful convictions in the US includes 101 death sentences.

2012

Innocence

United States

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Up-to-date country-by-country death penalty information

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 18 April 2013

The World Coalition is improving access to legal and statistical information on countries that retain the death penalty.

2013

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World Coalition elects new decision-making bodies

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 22 June 2015

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty has elected a new Steering Committee and a new Executive Board to serve for two years.

2015

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Latest Japan execution violates UN guidelines

on 16 September 2013

World Coalition member organisation Center for Prisoners’ Rights condemns the execution of an elderly prisoner in Tokyo on 12 September.

2013

Japan

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Hands Off Cain holds moratorium conference in Gabon

on 11 December 2007

The Italian-based abolitionist group organised the event in Libreville on December 10, Human Rights Day 2007, with the government of Gabon and financial backing from the Dutch government.

2007

Burundi

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Gabon

Gabon

Mali

Moratorium

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“Young people over 13 will understand”

on 28 February 2010

Wen-Yu Weng (19), a student and debating coach from Thailand who attended the World Congress workshop on educational strategies, thinks young teenagers are mature enough to understand the death penalty debate – just like she did.

2010

Thailand

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Highest execution numbers in Iran in 10 years

By Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, on 13 March 2012

Iran Human Rights has published its annual report on the death penalty in Iran in 2011. IHR’s international spokesperson Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam says the Iranian authorities are keeping the number of executions high because they use the death penalty as a political tool.

2012

Drug Offenses

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Juveniles

Women

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Pardons and commutations in Nigeria

on 29 August 2009

Shortly after Kenya commuted thousands of death sentences, the Nigerian state of Lagos took similar steps and moved closer to abolition.

2009

Clemency

Nigeria

Nigeria

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Watch Belarus Free Theatre Live Stream!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 6 November 2015

Sunday 8 November: live stream starts at 19:00 London time. Belarus Free Theatre serve up food, music, dance and Shakespeare as they share true stories from inmates, executioners, human rights lawyers and families of the executed.

2015

Belarus

Belarus

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Human Rights and the Death Penalty in Iran

on 19 June 2007

A gathering has taken place in Geneva on June 11, 2007 to protest against human rights violations in Iran. On the initiative of Human Rights in Iran, this demonstration was supported by Hands Off Caïn, the International Committee against Torture, Rights & Democracy, and the Canadian Center for the Victims of Torture (CCVT), among others.

2007

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Juveniles

Women

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Mobilisation for Mumia Abu Jamal

on 19 June 2007

Last May 17, the Philadelphia Federal Court of Appeal held a hearing that could seal the fate of Mumia Abu Jamal. On the occasion of this new hearing, the Collectif unitaire de soutien à Mumia Abu Jamal, and all his supporters, organized public mobilization and information initiatives on all continents.

Fair Trial

United States

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8 Demands for Beijing

on 21 June 2007

By welcoming the Olympics in 2008, China committed itself to improving its human rights situation. Anxious to remind Chinese authorities of their commitments, nine French associations, five of which are members of the World Coalition, created the China 2008 Olympic Games Collective.

2007

China

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European Protocol for full abolition turns 20

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 3 May 2022

Today is the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.

2022

Armenia

Azerbaijan

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Loopholes in Saudi promise to end death sentences against children

on 6 May 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission has announced that children are no longer eligible for the death penalty in the Kingdom. Citing a royal decree, the commission stated that anyone convicted of crimes that took place while they were under the age of 18 will face a maximum punishment of ten years in juvenile detention.

2020

Juveniles

Saudi Arabia

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Human Rights Advocacy Officer

By Harm Reduction International, on 17 August 2017

Harm Reduction International is currently seeking to recruit Human Rights Advocacy Officer. Working as a member of the Campaigns and Advocacy Team.

2017

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Human Rights Advocacy Officer – Harm Reduction International

By Harm Reduction International, on 23 January 2018

Harm Reduction International is currently seeking to recruit a Human Rights Advocacy Officer, working as a member of their Campaigns and Advocacy Team.

2018

United Kingdom

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Saudi Arabia: “Killing in the Name of Justice”

By Elisa Belotti, on 7 October 2015

When it comes to the execution of death penalties, Saudi Arabia is one of the most prolific country in the world. This is what emerges from a new report published by Amnesty International in August 2015.

2015

Saudi Arabia

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Nie Shubin: a victim of the arbitrary in China

on 21 January 2008

In the lead up to the Beijing Olympics, the French coalition Collectif Chine JO 2008 highlights cases of human rights abuse in China on a weekly basis. This week, they focus on Nie Shubin, who was executed by mistake in 1995.

2008

China

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Women

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Fair and open investigation in Uyghur region

on 21 July 2009

Following the death penalty threats issued against protestors in Xinjiang, the World Coalition calls on China to respect its international committments and to guarantee fair trials.

2009

China

Fair Trial

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Religion in favour of abolition

on 28 February 2010

Skull-cap, scarf and priest’s white collar gathered at a round table to discuss the issue of religion in terms of the death penalty.

2010

Thailand

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Take Action for World Day 2018!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 10 September 2018

Check what you can do for 10 October. Browse the calendar of events and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2018

Death Row Conditions 

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5th World Day against the death penalty: the world decides!

By Thomas Hubert, on 29 June 2007

On October 10th, 2007, the World Day against the Death Penalty focussed on the proposed UN General Assembly resolution for a universal moratorium on executions. The proposal would save lives and give the population of retentionist states an opportunity to see for themselves that a pause in death sentences does not lead to higher crime rates.

2007

Moratorium

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New defense manual to help lawyers in capital cases worldwide

By Thomas Hubert, on 29 May 2013

The World Coalition, together with Death Penalty Worldwide and the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron P.A., has launched the English and French editions of a manual compiling guidelines for defense lawyers whose clients face the death penalty at the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

2013

Legal Representation

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Expanded Ban on Death Penalty for Intellectually Disabled People in California

By Louis Linel, on 1 September 2020

The California State Legislature extended the ban on capital punishment for intellectually disabled people

2020

Intellectual Disability

United States

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Portraits of the death penalty

on 26 February 2010

Since 2006, US-based French photographer Caroline Planque has been working on a series of portraits of indirect victims of the death penalty in the US State with the highest number of executions – Texas.

2010

United States

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Video: meet Taiwan’s anti-death penalty activists

on 16 June 2009

The Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty has just released a clip presenting its work and the status of capital punishment in the country.

2009

Taiwan

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Project Manager – Regional and World Congress Against the Death Penalty

By ECPM, on 17 August 2017

Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM – Together against the Death Penalty) is recruiting a project manager for its international Congresses : World Congress against the Death Penalty (Brussels – February 2019) / Regional Congress against the Death Penalty (Sub-saharan Africa 2018) – temporary contract.

2017

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Cities for life – Cities Against the Death Penalty

on 29 November 2007

On November 30, over 600 cities worldwideincluding over 30 capital cities lit up their public buildings in opposition to the death penalty.

2007

Italy

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Calendar of events for World Day 2014

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 19 August 2014

On 10 October 2014, the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty is drawing attention to people with mental health problems who are at risk of a death sentence or execution. Browse the schedule and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2014

Intellectual Disability

Mental Illness

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Hands Off Cain: number of executions and retentionist countries down in past year

on 29 July 2013

World Coalition member Hands Off Cain (HOC) presented its 2013 Report, ‘The Death Penalty Worldwide’ at its headquarters in Rome on 26 July. It recorded a sharp drop in executions.

2013

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Take Action for World Day 2017!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 12 September 2017

Check what you can do for 10 October. Browse the calendar of events and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2017

Public Opinion 

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Calendar of events for World Day

By WCADP, on 10 September 2013

On 10 October 2013, the World Day Against the Death Penalty is focusing on the death penalty in the Greater Caribbean. Browse the schedule and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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Take Action for World Day 2021!

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

Take action now! The 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty is an excellent opportunity to publicly oppose the use of this inhumane punishment and to support those who are fighting for its abolition all over the world.

2021

Drug Offenses

Fair Trial

Women

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Asia-Pacific youths oppose the death penalty in pictures

on 10 October 2008

Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Youth Network has been collecting photos of young people protesting against capital punishment in the lead up to World Day Against the Death Penalty.

2008

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Support grows for Davis as his execution is stayed

on 26 October 2008

Troy Davis’s execution was stayed on October 23, four days before he was scheduled to die, as activists took action on his behalf all over the world.

2008

United States

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“Irreversible trend towards abolition” – OSCE

on 12 October 2010

The Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Report entitled “The Death Penalty in the OSCE Area: Background Paper 2010” was published and discussed during the “Exchange of views on abolition of capital punishment”.

2010

Belarus

Kazakhstan

Latvia

Russian Federation

Tajikistan

United States

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Saudi Arabia Reviews Death Sentences Issues Against Children

By Louis Linel, on 1 September 2020

According to the Saudi Human Rights Commission, the death sentence issued against Ali al-Nimr, Dawoud al-Marhoun and Abdullah al-Zaher will be reviewed in accordance with reforms decreed in the Kingdom in April on juvenile criminal justice.

2020

Juveniles

Saudi Arabia

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Take Action for World Day 2019!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 1 October 2019

Check what you can do for the 10th October. Browse the calendar of events and the interactive map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2019

Juveniles

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Take Action for World Day 2020!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 10 September 2020

Take action now! The 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty is an excellent opportunity to publicly oppose the use of this inhumane punishment and to support those who are fighting for its abolition all over the world. Organising an event for October 10? Tell us all about it and we will promote it on […]

2020

Fair Trial

Legal Representation

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Calendar of events for World Day 2015

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 15 September 2015

Browse the schedule and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2015

Drug Offenses

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DVD carries the voice of abolitionists in Asian languages

on 4 August 2008

A DVD released by ADPAN features a campaigning video made from interviews with international anti-death penalty activists in 13 Asian languages.

2008

China

India

Indonesia

Japan

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Mongolia

Pakistan

Philippines

Republic of Korea

Thailand

Viet Nam

Celebrating 20 years

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Today the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty celebrates its 20th anniversary!

on 13 May 2022

For this occasion, we wanted to give the floor to our founding member organizations. 20 years of memories, meetings, activism and fight with the hope to see one day a world without death penalty. Discover those testimonials in our newsletter.

2022

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Abolition of the death penalty in Nauru

By Marion Gauer, on 3 June 2016

Nauru recently ended its de facto moratorium by abolishing the death penalty in law.

2016

Nauru

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Amnesty recorded 1,200 known executions in 2007

on 15 April 2008

Amnesty International’s early figures for last year show that China tops the executioners’ list, although secrecy surrounds the real death penalty statistics in many countries.

2008

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Program of the 18 June 2021 General Assembly

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 15 June 2021

If you are a member organization, join the fantastic program we will have on Friday 18 June!

2021

Juveniles

Women

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246 People Removed from Death Rows in Zambia

on 29 January 2021

President Edgar Lungo announced, on 27 January 2021, that 246 death sentences had been commuted into life, a more than welcome decision that has brought the overall number of commutations to over 500 since 2015.

2021

Clemency

Zambia

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Top Chinese abolitionist receives threats

on 14 March 2008

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP) is concerned about the security of human rights lawyer, academic and anti-death penalty activist Teng Biao.

2008

China

Fair Trial

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256 Death Sentences Commuted Into Life in Tanzania

By Louis Linel, on 11 December 2020

On the occasion of Tanzania’s Independence Day on 9 December, President John Magufuli announced he would commute the death sentences of 256 convicts into life imprisonment. The law say I must hang all 256 of them. [But] [w]ho will be more sinful – those convicted of killing one, two, or three people, or me, who […]

2020

Clemency

United Republic of Tanzania

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Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago: abolish the mandatory death penalty for all crimes

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 18 September 2013

Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are the only two countries that continue to hand down the mandatory death penalty for murder in the Caribbean. Sign the petition here.

2013

Barbados

Trinidad and Tobago

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Program Officer

By PGA, on 22 February 2016

PGA is recruiting a Programme Officer for its Hague office.

2016

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Sudan Repeals Capital Punishment for Homosexuality

By Louis Linel, on 31 July 2020

Sudan repealed the death penalty for homosexuality and apostasy

2020

Sudan

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Guatemala: abolish the death penalty

on 18 September 2013

2013

Guatemala

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Detailing EU support for NGOs

on 28 February 2010

European Union support to human rights projects is a well-known fact. Abolitionist organizations are among its beneficiaries.

2010

Mental Illness

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Speaking out in favour of a global moratorium on executions

on 25 October 2007

Together with filmmaker Tim Robbins, abolitionists launched an appeal from New York to support the proposed UN resolution imposing a freeze on executions. Five million people signed the petition supporting this initiative. Watch the video.

2007

Moratorium

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Call for interns

By Project 39A, on 14 June 2018

Project 39A offers a minimum of four-week long internships to students of law and related fields.

2018

India

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Video: watch and think

on 7 January 2008

As the debate about lethal injections and the presidential election campaign are raging in the United States, a short film by two young directors establishes a link between the two.

2008

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

Article(s)

The World Coalition’s AGM in pictures

on 30 June 2009

Representatives from the World Coalition’s member organisations gathered in Rome on June 13, 2009 for their annual meeting.

2009

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La Coalition d’Afrique Centrale contre la Peine de Mort commémore 13 ans sans exécutions en RDC

on 10 January 2016

2016

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Picture petition for abolition

on 26 February 2010

Hundreds of participants to Geneva 2010 chose to display their commitment in favour of the abolition of the death penalty by having their photograph taken.

2010

Switzerland

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7th World Congress LIVE on Twitter!

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 26 February 2019

Follow the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty taking place in Brussels from 26 February to 1st March 2019 on Twitter: #7congressECPM

2019

Public Opinion 

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Évaluation finale externe d’un projet de 36 mois sur l’abolition de la peine de mort en Afrique

By FIACAT, on 13 March 2018

1.    OrganisationLa Fédération internationale de l’Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture, la FIACAT, est une organisation internationale non gouvernementale de défense des droits de l’homme, créée en 1987, qui lutte pour l’abolition de la torture et de la peine de mort. La Fédération regroupe une trentaine d’associations nationales, les ACAT, présentes sur quatre […]

2018

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Director (Research)

By Project 39A, on 14 June 2018

The National Law University, Delhi (“University”) is seeking to engage on a contractual basis, one Director (Research) for Project 39A.

2018

India

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Amnesty International 2013 Annual Report

on 27 March 2014

2014