6 December 2016'United States: Abolition in Retreat

Over the last few years, it has almost been possible to imagine America abolishing the death penalty. It was declared institutional by the Supreme Court in certain states and increasingly public opinion has been going against this inhuman punishment. Alas, three referendums and one election have sufficed to push such a possibility into the long grass. The hope that America might abolish the death penalty has been greatly reduced by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United...

28 October 2016'Ndume Olatushani: “As long as I’m living, I’ll be fighting against the death penalty”

Ndume spent 28 years in prison in the United States, 20 of which were on death row, for a crime he did not commit. He was saved by his discovery of drawing and painting, and helped throughout his detention by his family and friends, and abolitionist organisations. Today, he continues to demonstrate his commitment to the fight against the death penalty through his work with young people. What was your initial reaction when you learnt that you had been sentenced to death? I was just really...

'Relive the 14th World Day with ECPM!

The World Day is special for our organisation. For 24 hours every year, the issue of the death penalty takes centre stage and all the abolitionist actors come together to publicise their work, distribute information about an issue which is often absent from newspapers, and remind the world of the urgency of universal abolition. It therefore seemed natural to give you a glimpse of what we experience before, during and after 10th October. For ECPM, the World Day began on 8th October for a...

26 October 2016'What is the vote on the resolution for a universal moratorium on application of the death penalty?

A resolution in favour of a universal moratorium on application of the death penalty has been put to the vote at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) every two years since 2007. In this text, which has been adopted by a large majority of States on every occasion, the UN reaffirms that application of the death penalty undermines human dignity “and calls upon all the States that still maintain it to establish a moratorium on executions.” Until now, five resolutions have called for a universal...

5 October 2016'Draw me the abolition – 3rd edition

To mark the occasion of the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty which will be held on October 10th 2016, secondary schools and sixth form pupils (12 to 18 years old) from all over the world are invited to take part in the third edition of the “Draw Me the Abolition” competition to create a poster against the death penalty. The 50 best drawings selected by an international panel will be exhibited in participating countries and during the Regional and World Congresses Against the Death...

30 September 2016'ECPM is extremely proud to share its report of the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty!

3 months have passed since the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo. Enough time for us to collect the figures, hear back from the participants and draw the first conclusions - and they are proving to be excellent: this latest Congress was a success! Political involvement at the highest level 10 ministers, 6 secretaries of State, more than 50 ambassadors, 14 representatives from international organisations and 24 parliamentarians…The panel of political representatives...

'Severe Weather Warning for Abolition

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic, I have the honour to request that the National Assembly abolish the death penalty in France.” It was with these words exactly 35 years ago, on 17th September 1981, that Robert Badinter launched the abolition process in France. 11 days later, the law came before the Senate and it was finally promulgated in the Official Journal on 9th October. The political courage we owe to Robert Badinter and François Mitterand is unanimously and universally...

'ECPM on all fronts for the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty

The 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty will be held on 10th October 2016 on the theme of terrorism. To mark the occasion, ECPM will be involved in a number of events, including an inter-NGO day and an event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “35 years after abolition, let’s keep saying no!” This is the watchword for the inter-NGO day which will be held on 8th October 2016 at the Paris Trade Union Centre [Bourse du travail] in partnership with Paris Town Hall. As well as ECPM, 9...

'Robert Meeropol: “The death penalty is about coercion, not punishment”

It was 1953. Accused of passing on the secret of the atomic bomb to the USSR, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg where executed in the United States. Their son, Robert Meeropol, has been working for many years to re-establish the truth. While in France he agreed to answer our questions concerning the Rosenberg case and his work against the death penalty.   Who are you Mr Meeropol? My name is Robert Meeropol but I was born Robert Rosenberg. My parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed...