27 April 2017'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...

'What is ECPM’s role at the UN?

ECPM is devoting more and more time and energy to the development of advocacy within UN institutions. Although this work is proving to be essential to advance the abolitionist cause across the world, understanding and distinguishing the importance of its many facets can be difficult. Nicolas Perron, ECPM Programme Director, provides a little clarity. ECPM: Last year, ECPM obtained ECOSOC status at the UN. Can you tell us what that involves? Nicolas Perron: Obtaining this status is real...

9 March 2017'Summary of the annual report on the death penalty in Iran 2016

Every year we publish in partnership with Iran Human Rights (IHR) the annual report on the death penalty in Iran. This 9th edition gives an assessment and analysis of death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Annual 2016 Report at a Glance 530 people were executed in 2016 (45% decrease from 2015) 232 executions (44%) were announced by official sources 64% of the death sentences carried out in 2016 were issued by the Revolution Courts 296 (56%) were executed for...

28 February 2017'Towards a return of the death penalty in the Philippines?

Today, the Philippines Parliament is due to make a decision on a legal text reintroducing the death penalty which the country abolished in 2006. But the populism of President Rodrigo Duterte and his Government runs the risk of facing a number of obstacles, particularly the engagement of Philippine civil society and several binding international treaties. Another step towards the return of capital punishment in the Philippines: the Chamber of Representatives brought debates to a close last...

'Zainab Malik from Justice Project Pakistan: “being the bridge between the people being executed and the general public”

Can you sum up the situation of the death penalty in Pakistan? Pakistan had a 7-year moratorium on the death penalty. In that time, the population on death row increased to 8,264 people. In December 2014, there was a very tragic terrorist attack in Peshawar. The terrorists broke into the school and killed 134 children. It was quite tragic; there was an atmosphere of fear and anger amongst the general public. Generally, the view was that the Government wasn’t doing enough to curb terrorism...

21 February 2017'JOINT STATEMENT – Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

19 February 2017 AI Index: ACT 50/5741/2017 Ahead of the first vote on the proposed legislative amendments to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines, the undersigned organizations are calling on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its international law obligations and vote against the measure. The move would set the Philippines against its positive achievements in this area and the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty. On 20 February the House of...

27 January 2017'Cheikh Diop Dionne: “We never plan to go back on abolition in Senegal,”

For a few weeks now, a small but noteworthy group of Senegalese MPs have been demanding a reintroduction of the death penalty. They seem determined to reopen the debate 50 years after the last execution. A draft law has been put before the National Assembly and some actors from civil society are calling for a referendum on the issue. Last December, Cheikh Diop Dionne, himself an MP from Senegal, participated in a parliamentary seminar in Ouagadougou organised by ECPM and the Burkina Faso...

7 December 2016'Khadija Amrir : “They treated me like I wasn’t human”

She has spent more time in prison than on the outside. Khadija Amrir, sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in 1995, was released on 2 August 2016 following a series of royal pardons for good conduct. Her name reverberates around the cells. It inspires admiration and emotion. Often referred to as a model prisoner during her 22 years of imprisonment, Khadija Amrir never accepted her sentence, never stopped fighting and, barely out of prison, she declared that she was ready to tell her...