1 March : see the programme of the day

Descriptions of the day’s events can be found under the timetable table.
Find information on how to get to the Congress venues on the Useful Information page.

1 March : see the timetable

9 am – Egmont Palace Library

Projection cycle

Guilty, Matthew Sleeth and Maggie Miles
82′ – Reprieve Australian – English

The documentary recounts the last days of Myuran Sukumaran, a criminal sentenced to death who became an artist. The cold preparation of Myuran’s final hours thus contrasts with his indomitable spirit that drives him to create his most intense paintings, shortly before being shot by an Indonesian firing squad.

The screening will be followed by a discussion in English: “How art leads to resilience”.


  • Maggie Miles (producer)
  • Matthew Sleeth (director) (to be confirmed)
  • Julian McMahon (President of Reprieve Australia)
  • Ndume Olatushani (former death row inmate, United States

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Egmont Palace, Europe room

Roundtable: The discriminatory application of the death penalty towards women

An introduction to the discriminatory nature of the death penalty in the case of women and to propose concrete ways to integrate this issue into the advocacy of abolitionists.

MODERATOR: Aurélie Plaçais, Director, World Coalition against the Death Penalty – France


  • Delphine Lourtau, Executive Director, CornellCenter on the Death Penalty Worldwide – USA
  • Susan Kigula, witness – Uganda
  • Danthong Breen, Senior Advisor, Union for Civil Liberty – Thailand
  • Angela Uwandu, Head of Office, Avocats Sans Frontières France – Nigeria
  • Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Egmont Palace, Arenberg room

Workshop: New technologies and the death penalty

This session will provide an overview of the possibilities offered by new technologies, whether to convey a message or support the work of anti-death penalty organisations.

MODERATOR: Berhan Taye, Campaign coordinator, Access Now – USA


  • Tom Waldron, Senior Vice President, The Hatcher Group – USA
  • Sarah Belal, Director, Justice Project Pakistan – Pakistan
  • Lesedi Bewlay, Light Touch Support Coordinator, The Engine Room – Botswana
  • Ludo van Staartstokken, System administrator, Tails – Netherlands

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Egmont Palace, Orange room

Training: UN advocacy: using the UPR and Treaty Bodies to advocate for abolition

How do the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Treaty Bodies operate? How can they be used effectively within the framework of advocating for abolition?

MODERATOR: Paul d’Auchamp, Deputy Regional Representative for Europe, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


  • Anna-Karin Holmlund, Senior UN advocate, Amnesty International – United Kingdom
  • Mona M’Bikay, Executive Director, UPR-Info – Switzerland
  • Glenn Payot, UN advocacy Expert – Independent Consultant – France

11am to 12am

Bookstore stand of the Abolition Village

Signing session

  • Antoinette Chahine for Crimes d’innocence (éd. Dar An-Nahar)
  • Marie Gloris Bardiaux-Vaïente for La Guillotine (éd. Eidola) and L’Abolition. Le combat de Robert Badinter (éd. Glénat)
  • Geneviève Donadini for Le Procès Ranucci. Témoignage d’un juré d’assises (éd. L’Harmattan)

11.30 am – Egmont Palace Library

Projection cycle

Serge Atlaoui, Sentenced to death, Christine Tournadre
60′ – French with English subtitles

The life of Serge and Sabine Atlaoui changed in November 2005, with Serge’s arrest while on a maintenance mission in a factory in Jakarta. This one was used as a cover for ecstasy trafficking. A few months later, he was sentenced to death.

The screening will be followed by a discussion in French: “Serge Atlaoui, current situation and issues”.


  • Sabine Atlaoui (wife of Serge Atlaoui)
  • Richard Sédillot (lawyer for Serge Atlaoui and ECPM spokesperson)

11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Egmont Palace, Europe room

Roundtable: Reducing the scope of the death penalty

The death penalty continues to be applied for all kinds of offences despite a clear international legal framework. This session will explore strategic ways to reduce the scope of the death penalty in search of its total abolition.

MODERATOR: Aminata Niakate, Lawyer and ECPM Board member – France


  • Shreya Rastogi, Founding member of Project 39A, National Law University Delhi – India
  • Naomi Lynton, Lawyer – Barbados
  • Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Director of Iran Human Rights – Norway
  • Andrew Khoo, Lawyer – Malaysia
  • Mohammad Musa Mahmodi, Executive Director, Independent Human Rights Commission – Afghanistan

11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Egmont Palace, Arenberg room

Workshop: New strategies for abolition

This interactive workshop will propose new strategies, taking into account the new trends and risks affecting the abolitionist movement.

MODERATOR: Emily Hutchinson, Program Manager, New Tactics for Human Rights – USA


  • Chiara Sangiorgio, thematic Adviser, Amnesty International – United Kingdom
  • Hsin-Yi Lin, Director, Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty – Taiwan

11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Egmont Palace, Orange room

Training: Advocating for abolition with community and religious leaders

What arguments should be used to mobilise community and religious leaders in support of abolition? How should this dialogue be used when advocating for abolition?

MODERATOR:Guillaume Colin, Executive Director, FIACAT – France


  • Jeanie Ollivierre, Training and public relations officer, SVG Human Rights Association – Saint Vincentand the Grenadines
  • Cheikh Barham Aboubacar, Chair of the Committee on intra and interfaith dialogue – Niger
  • Clifford Msiska, Director, Paralegal Advisory Service – Malawi
  • Salomon Nodjitoloum, Chair, ACAT Chad – Chad

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich © Greta Rybus

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Bozar, Horta Hall

The Closing ceremony announces the initiatives developed during the Congress, future commitments, and reads out the participants’ final declaration. It is the place for the synergies which exist between the political, associative, legal, and academic spheres to be expressed.

Moderation by Susan Kigula, former death row prisoner from Uganda & Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, American writer

Opening remarks

  • Paul Dujardin, CEO and Artistic Director of Bozar
  • Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Kingdom of Belgium
  • Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)*

Messages of States in support of the abolition of the death penalty

  • Sévérin Quénum, Minister of Justice and Legislation, Republic of Benin – message on behalf of the member states of the Core Group of the World Congresses Against the Death Penalty
  • Other States representatives to be confirmed


United Nations commitments in favour of the abolition movement:

  • Video message of Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights*

Artistic performance

  • Ballaké Sissoko, musician and master of kora, Mali

Initiatives in favour of abolition: common messages

  • Parliamentarians against the Death Penalty
  • National Human Rights Institutions against the death penalty
  • Bar associations against the death penalty
  • Video message of Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International


From the abolition of the death penalty to the respect of all human rights

  • Ensaf Haidar, wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, laureate of the 2015 Sakharov Prize*
  • Fatimata Mbaye, attorney of Mohamed Mekhtir, Mauritanian blogger sentenced to death for apostasy


4th Edition of the international contest “Draw Me Abolition”

  • Nomination of the winners

Reading of the final declaration

  • Reading by a member of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

Closing of the 7th World Congress

  • Launch of the Global March for the abolition of the death penalty by a representative of ECPM


From the summit of Mont des Arts to Brussels streets

The World March for Abolition

The World March for Abolition, a real highlight of the World Congresses against the Death Penalty, traditionally completes this political and activist gathering. For the first time, ECPM is organising a night march that will illuminate the historic centre of Brussels with our conviction that justice must not kill!

Alongside important figures in the abolitionist movement, many of us are celebrating these four days of activism outside the walls and proudly wearing the colours of our commitment alongside the people of Brussels.

Where and when?

Following the official closing ceremony in BOZAR, follow us to join other local civil society actors for this unique event.


ECPM will provide the appropriate equipment to ensure the visibility of the event. Also remember to take your “Hand of Abolition” included in the congress kit that will be distributed to you at the Opening Ceremony, and post loudly our call to action: “Abolition Now!”