18 June 2016'Robert Badinter: “The right to life is the most fundamental human right”

It’s official: Robert Badinter is now ECPM’s Honorary President! To mark this occasion, and just a few days before the start of the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about the current situation. The former Minister of Justice particularly touched on our duty to be vigilant at a time when “the urge for death” is being revived and provided an illuminating acknowledgement of the complexity of capital punishment across the...

'In Oslo: Culture Against the Death Penalty

The 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty also includes a cultural programme which is as diverse as it is substantial. Previews of documentaries and performance exhibitions: art helps spread abolitionist ideas. For this event, Oslo’s House of Literature is hosting two free events organised by ECPM. The first, which will be held on 19th June, is called Cinema Against the Death Penalty. From 2 p.m., three documentaries will be shown one after the other to provide a more...

'Editorial – Oslo: The Next Step Towards Abolition

What could be better than knowing we are going to see each other again or, for some of us, meet for the first time to draw up future strategies for universal abolition? For the last 15 years and 6 World Congresses, the abolitionist journey has inevitably included this essential get-together. I know how much you have been waiting and hoping for this event over the last 3 years of expectation and preparation. I know how much the World Congress is a breath of fresh air for many of you who can...

9 March 2015'Thailand : a gender-based abolitionist strategy

Abolitionist militant in charge of the Death Penalty Project at Bankok’s Union for Civil Liberty (UCL), Danthong Breen is seeking to encourage the Thai authorities to abolish the death penalty for women. In the month which marks International Women’s Day, this gender-based approach deserves analysis and reflexion. Why campaign for the abolition of the death penalty only for women ? It’s a tactical choice. I’ve been campaigning against the death penalty in...

13 January 2015'Indonesia : what strategy to stop executions ?

As a researcher at The Commission for The Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Puri Kencana Putri tells us more about death penalty in Indonesia. Who are the five inmates who were supposed to be/ should have been executed by the end of year ? For the first time, in Indonesia, executions were revealed in such way. However, through the Indonesian General attorney, Mr. HM. Prasetyo, the Government gave a robust signal:by the end of this year, there will be 5 potential...

'Indonesia : what strategy to stop executions ?

In Indonesia, authorities released the names of the six condemned people who are at imminent risk of execution. The public prosecutor declared that executions would take place before the end of January. It was an expected announcement. Elected last October, the Indonesian president Joko Widodo became a fierce defender of the death penalty in the name of, the fight against drug trafficking. In December, he already announced that five prisoners would be shot before the end of 2014. As a...