29 September 2017'Hsinyi Lin: “just giving people the information is often enough”

Last year, the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) took part in the international “Draw Me Abolition” competition and three artists won the right to be included in the travelling exhibition. The Alliance’s Director, Hsinyi Lin, visited us in Paris and explained the Alliance’s work in Taiwan and the political climate in her country. Can you tell us a little about the Taiwanese Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) and its work? The TAEDP was founded in 2003 after...

'From Beccaria to Badinter: the roots of abolition

A refusal to accept the death penalty is inseparable from a notion of justice inherited from the Enlightenment and, more particularly, the thoughts of the Tuscan philosopher Cesare Beccaria. An analysis of the first case of abolition in history and its repercussions in France. In 1764, Cesare Beccaria, an Italian scholar, jurist and philosopher, wrote an essay called “On Crimes and Punishments”. Published anonymously, it quickly spread across Europe which was then in the grip of the...

19 September 2017'ADPAN is recruiting a coordinator for its program in Malaysia & Indonesia

ECPM_ADPAN_JD ADPAN is recruiting a coordinator for its program in Malaysia & Indonesia (with European funding, the association Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) heads the project): Anti Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) is an independent cross-regional network committed to working for an end to the death penalty across the Asia Pacific region. It was founded in Hong Kong on the World Day against the Death Penalty in 2006. ADPAN is made up of NGOs, organizations, civil society...

2 July 2017'FIFA: a new anti-death penalty actor?

In September 2016, ECPM initiated dialogue with FIFA in reaction to the execution of a prisoner inside a football stadium in Iran. Little by little, contact has been established with what appears to be an atypical anti-death penalty actor but which is increasingly integrating promotion of human rights into its work. On 30 September 2016, chilling news reached ECPM: a public execution organised at a football stadium in Neyriz, Iran. In reaction, a letter was sent to Mr Gianni Infantino, FIFA...

30 June 2017'Torture Football Club: the difficulty of reconciling football and human rights

As the world’s most popular sport, football has long been much more than a simple leisure pursuit. Through its ability to bring together immense crowds, it has been used on many occasions to convey all sorts of political messages, from fascist propaganda to democratic protest. What is the relationship between football and human rights today? Of men and stadia: football as a political instrument From the FLN team led by Rachid Mekhloufi to Romario’s campaign for the 2014 World Cup to...

23 May 2017'“Draw me the abolition” award winner Murrad Gillani: “The death penalty is an act of violence”

Murrad Gillani is 19. He currently studies at the Lahore College of Arts and Sciences in Pakistan. He participated to the contest « Draw me the abolition » and won the 2nd award for his drawing. Were you already committed in the struggle against the death penalty before the drawing contest ? Yes.I always supported the abolition of the death penalty. I have actively participated against the death penalty. I have spoken out against the death penalty on various parliamentary debating...

'27th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): the international community in favour of abolition of the death penalty in the maghreb

On 2 May 2017, reviews of Morocco and Tunisia took place during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Together against the Death Penalty (ECPM) was there to follow the question of death penalty and its abolition. Algeria’s review (which was included in the early advocacy work) took place on 8 May 2017 but unfortunately ECPM could not be present. The UPR is a review of the human rights situation in each of the United Nations Member States every four to five years....

27 April 2017'“There is a desire to act among young people” – Charlène Martin, from Teaching Abolition at ECPM

This year has been busy for ECPM and Teaching Abolition … That’s right. For the first time, we launched two competitions simultaneously. On the one hand,the internaitonal poster contest "Draw me the abolition" and on the other hand a video contest #CausonsAbolition (in English: #LetsTalkAboutAbolition). What made the 3rd edition of "Draw me the abolition" so important? We wanted to mark the expansion of the international dimension with the Teaching Abolition International Network...

'Geneviève Donadini, a member of the jury at the Ranucci trial: “It was revenge, not a calm judgement”

On 9 March 1976, the trial of Christian Ranucci began. The entire country was focused on the 22-year-old, accused of abducting and murdering an 8-year-old girl. Two days later, he was sentenced to death to the great satisfaction of the general public. Genevieve Donadini was a member of the jury which returned that decision. Her book, The Trial of Ranucci (published by Harmattan), is an account of her experience and the trauma which still lingers 40 years after the trial. Your book is...

31 March 2017'Maldives: “Not a safe environment for anyone who wants to express their opinions freely”

For the last few years, the Maldives has been witnessing a descent into authoritarianism. Since 2012, death sentences have been more frequent and, in 2014, the President Yameen’s Government voted in favour of a law which, in particular, extended the death penalty to juveniles. Today, NGOs on the ground are concerned that the de facto moratorium which has been in place for more than 60 years might be broken. In February, ECPM joined the movement to support three prisoners sentenced to death...