Thursday, February 28

Find the descriptions and speakers of each academic debate under this table.

9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Plenary session
Abolition strategies: challenges and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Egmont Palace, Europe room
 
11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Roundtable
Reducing the scope of the death penalty
Egmont Palace, Europe room
Workshop
Death row prisoners and their families: assistance and support
Egmont Palace, Arenberg room
Training session
The medias and the abolition of the death penalty
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Roundtable
How to prevent a resurgence of the death penalty?
Egmont Palace, Europe room
Workshop
Abolition generation: young people join the movement!
Egmont Palace, Arenberg room
Training session
Keys for preparing a funding proposal
Egmont Palace, Orange room
Plenary session: Abolition strategies: challenges and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

28 February 2019 – 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Egmont Palace, Europe room

A number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have abolished the death penalty over the last few years. What challenges need to be overcome and strategies put in place to make Sub-Saharan Africa completely abolitionist?

OPENING REMARKS: Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi, President of the Working Group on the death penalty in Africa, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights*

SPEAKERS:

  • Cheick Sako, Minister of Justice – Guinea
  • Urbain Yameogo, CIFDHA Executive Director – Burkina Faso
  • Maryann Njau-Kimani, Chair of the Taskforce on the review of the mandatory nature of the death penalty – Kenya
  • Mohamed Ali Mossaad, Director of the African Centre for Justice & Peace – Sudan
  • Raphaël Nyabirungu Mwene Songa, Professor and Lawyer - DRC

 

Roundtable: Reducing the scope of the death penalty

28 February 2019 – 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. – Egmont Palace, Europe room

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 with a view to its total abolition.

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

SPEAKERS:

  • 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
  • Sima Samar, Chair of the Independent Human Rights Commission - Afghanistan

 

Workshop: Death row prisoners and their families: assistance and support

28 February 2019 – 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. – Egmont Palace, Arenberg room

Individuals who have been acquitted and family members of people who have been executed or sentenced to death will share their needs and their projects with us. This will be followed by a discussion about the kinds of concrete support the abolitionist movement could provide.

MODERATOR: Representative of the Center for Victims of Torture*

SPEAKERS:

  • Sohail Emmanuel – Pakistan
  • Ensaf Haidar, President and co-founder, Raif Badawi foundation for freedom – Canada
  • Kwame Kamau Ajamu, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Witness To Innocence - USA

 

Roundtable: How to prevent a resurgence of the death penalty?

28 February 2019 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Egmont Palace, Europe room

What drives countries to reintroduce the death penalty and resume sentences or executions? Identifying potential action which could prevent such a resurgence.

MODERATOR: Nicolas Perron, Director of programs, ECPM – France

SPEAKERS:

  • Yuval Shany, Chair or the United Nations Human Rights Committee
  • Sandrine Dacga, Lawyer and member of the Cameroonian Network of Lawyers Against the Death Penalty - Cameroon
  • Karen Gomez-Dumpit, Commissioner, Philippines Human Rights Commission - Philippines
  • Fatimata M’Baye, President, Mauritanian Association of Human Rights – Mauritania

 

 Workshop: Abolition generation: young people join the movement!

28 February 2019 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Egmont Palace, Arenberg room

This workshop aims to give the floor to young people, encouraging them to take a stand against the death penalty and define how they would contribute to the abolitionist movement.

 

Training: Keys for preparing a funding proposal

28 February 2019 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Egmont Palace, Orange room

Through exercises, participants will learn to identify backers and obtain keys to prepare funding applications.

MODERATOR: Ariane Grésillon, Deputy Director, ECPM – France

SPEAKERS:

  • Sara Guillet, independent Consultant – France
  • Basak King, independent Consultant – Turkey

 

*Pending confirmation