Side-events & panels program

2pm - 6.30pm

Orange room

General Assembly 

Organised by : World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
English and French

Statutory meeting and elections of the Steering Committee, open to all member organisations of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

10am - 12pm

Europe room

Pakistan: how to get back on the road to abolition

Organised by : FIDH
English

FIDH, in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), undertook a research mission to Pakistan in late November 2018 on the death penalty. The side event will present the findings of the mission, highlighting the specific theme of the impact of capital punishment on minors in Pakistan, and proposing concrete solutions to get Pakistan back on the road to abolition.

Speakers: Florence Bellivier, FIDH Deputy Secretary General (moderator); Juliette Rousselot, South Asia Program Officer, FIDH; Kamran Arif, Senior Advocate, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP); Sarah Belal, Executive Director, Justice Project Pakistan.

10am - 11pm

Arenberg room

Life imprisonment as an alternative to the death penalty

Organised by : Penal Reform International (PRI)
English

Between the years 2000 and 2014, there was an increase of almost 84% in the number of those serving formal life sentences worldwide. A global trend towards the universal abolition has resulted in many states adopting life imprisonment as their ultimate sanction. This event will share practices from the ground and discuss implications at the international level. We will also look at how we can unite to better tackle life imprisonment.

Speakers: Dr Catherine Appleton, University of Nottingham, co-authors of Life Imprisonment: A Global Human Rights Analysis (2019); Former Judge Ann Power-Forde, European Court of Human Rights; Abd Al-Rahim Al-Jami, Coordinator of the Moroccan Coalition against the Death Penalty, Board member of the Observatory for Prisons; Doreen Namyalo Kyazze, Africa Programme Manager, Penal Reform International; Taghreed Jaber, Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa, Penal Reform International (moderator)

10am - 12pm

Blue room

Engaging China on the death penalty: challenges and opportunities

Organised by : The Rights Practice
English and Chinese

The panel will discuss the situation in China and reflect on challenging the death penalty in a highly authoritarian environment.

Speakers: Nicola Macbean (The Rights Practice), Chinese lawyers and civil society

 

11.30am - 1.30pm

Arenberg room

Online security: an introduction

Organised by : Amnesty International, Amnesty International Belgium
English and French

This event aims at providing a short introduction to understanding and strengthening the security of our work and communications, to enhance our safety and those of others we work with. Amnesty International experts on Technology and Human Rights will be present at this event and throughout the World Congress to provide one-to-one guidance on how to make our online work safer.

Speaker: Ramy Raoof, Tactical Technologist, Amnesty Tech

 

 

12pm - 1.30pm

Blue room

Children of parents sentenced to death or executed: protecting their rights and limiting the use of the death penalty

Organised by : Quaker United Nations Office
English (and French TBC)

This event will launch new authoritative legal analysis on the rights of children of parents sentenced to death or executed and look ahead to the 2019 World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Speakers: Laurel Townhead (moderator - Representative, Quaker United Nations Office), Professor Stephanie Farrior, Centre for Applied Human Rights, Vermont Law School (report author), discussants (TBC)

2pm - 4pm

Europe room

International launch, anti death penalty clinic

Organised by : Reprieve Australia, ADPAN, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Monash University

2pm - 4pm

Arenberg room

Bar Associations and the fight against death penalty

Organised by : Paris Bar and International Association of Lawyers
French and English

In both abolitionist and retentionist countries, many bar associations and professional associations of lawyers have become full players in the abolitionist world. What role do their efforts and actions play in the abolitionist fight in 2019? What specific and unique challenges do they face? What perspectives can they offer?

Speakers: representatives of bar associations engaged in the struggle against death penalty / Lawyers working on death penalty cases.

 

2pm - 4pm

Blue room

Detention conditions

Organised by : Coalition marocaine contre la peine de mort

 

2pm - 4pm

Library

How States abolish the death penalty: experiences and lessons learnt

Organised by : International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP)
English

Discussion by ICDP on the processes by which countries have taken steps towards abolition of the death penalty.

Speakers: TBC

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Europe room

Strategic litigation to challenge barriers to effective legal representation

Organised by : Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide
English

This side-event encourages capital defense lawyers to join a discussion on strategies, including impact litigation, to secure appropriate funding for legal representation of their clients. Participants will also discuss the duty of lawyers to challenge the state’s failure to provide adequate time and facilities to prepare a defense and conduct a thorough mitigation investigation. This session will further provide a space for lawyers to share their experiences and lessons learned, and will explore potential cross-border collaborations.

Speakers: Sandra Babcock, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide; Sarah Belal, Justice Project Pakistan; Ricky Gunawan, LBH Masyarakat; Maitreyi Misra, Project 39A, National Law University, Delhi; Angela Uwandu, Avocats Sans Frontières France

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Arenberg room

The death penalty for drug offences: between abolition and populism

Organised by : Harm Reduction International, Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (Indonesia)
English

This event will focus on the death penalty for drug offences, presenting the latest data and critically assessing the latest trends, with a focus on recent domestic reforms and their impact.  The event will be the opportunity to launch Harm Reduction International latest report “2018 Global overview: The Death Penalty for Drug Offences.”

Speakers: Roya Boroumand, Executive Director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Centre; Adriano Martins, Human Rights Division, European External Action Service (EU); Giada Girelli, Human Rights Analyst (Harm Reduction International); Sustira Dirga, Researcher (Institute for Criminal Justice Reform); Representative of OHCHR.

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Blue room

Beyond Mandela Rules

Organised by : Planète Réfugiés-Droits de l’Homme
French and English

Roundtable discussion on the existing international standards pertaining et detention and identification of the legal loopholes within those standards, specifically regarding detention and treatment of people on death row.

Speakers: Nordine Drici, Chairman of Planète Réfugiés-Droits de l’Homme (PRCH) and Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner, ECPM Board Member.

 

 

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Library

Portraying Cruelty around the world

Organised by : REPECAP/Academics for abolition
English

Presentation of recent works:

  • Who deserve to die?, Sofia Moro (photo-journalist)
  • The cruelty of the death penalty, Roger Hood (Emeritus Professor of Criminology, All Souls College Oxford University)
  • Advocating for abolition, Parvais Jabbar & Saul Lehrfreund (The Death penalty Project)
  • Pope Francis against the passion of cruelty, Luis Arroyo Zapatero (Professor of Criminal Law, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha and Director of Academicsforabolition)
  • Cornering Executioners, William Schabas (Professor of International Law, Middlesex University London)

9am - 10am

Orange room

Strategies for abolition in Iran

Organised by : ECPM, Iran Human Rights
French and English

Iran remains the country with the highest number of executions per capita. At least 517 people were executed in 2017. Iran’s Parliament amended the country’s drug laws in 2017, removing the death sentence for a number of drug-related crimes, but the figures remain particularly high. Besides, the deteriorating situation of minorities and the crackdown on civil society including human rights defenders are key preoccupations. In this context, what strategies could allow Iran to progressively move towards the abolition of the death penalty?

Speakers: Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam, Director, Iran Human Rights; Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human-rights activist, judge, Nobel Peace Prize; Taimoor Aliassi, Representative of KMMK-G at UN; Neda Shahidyazdani, Director, Impact Iran; Roya Boroumand, Co-founder, Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (Foundation) (TBC); Monireh Shirani, Balochistan human rights group; Julia Bourbon Fernandez, MENA coordinator, ECPM

10am - 11am

Orange room

Abolition processes in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member States (private consultation)

Organised by : ECPM, OMDH
French and English

There is a strong belief in North Africa that abolition of the death penalty in Muslim countries is something impossible. However, among the 61 OIC member States (or observers), 20 are abolitionist for all crimes or ordinary crimes and 12 out of 20 are Muslim-majority countries. In order to identify the processes towards abolition in these countries, ECPM and the OMDH are organising a private consultation, first step of a research work.

Speakers: Boubkeur Largou, President of the Moroccan Organisation of Human Rights (OMDH)

11.30am - 1.30pm

Orange room

The death penalty in Belarus

Organised by : ECPM, FIDH, Viasna, Council of Europe
French, English and Russian

Belarus is the only country in Europe to maintain the death penalty. Besides, we don’t have any official sources on death row and executions. This event will gather witnesses and field actors and will offer the opportunity of thinking about strategies at the European level to move towards abolition in Belarus.

1.30pm - 3pm

Blue room

Actors of the Francophonie and the abolition of death penalty (private meeting)

Organised by : ECPM, IOF
French

Initiating by the IOF, this private meeting of francophone actors will aim at exchanging on good practice and defining new strategies towards universal abolition.

3pm - 5pm

Blue room

The death penalty and LGBTI persons

Organised by : ECPM, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
French and English

Twelve countries across the world still punish people by death because of their sexual orientation. This event will give participants the opportunity to learn more on the consequences of discriminatory legislation for LGBTI persons.

9am - 11am

Blue room

The role of NHRIs in the fight against the death penalty

Organised by : ECPM
French and English

NHRIs are mandated to protect and promote Human rights. Abolition is part of this mandate. In order to encourage and strengthen their action in the fight for the universal abolition, ECPM launched a Guide of Best Practices. Participants will be consulted in order to develop and finalise this guide.

11.30am - 1.30pm

Blue room

The role of parliamentarians in the abolition of the death penalty (private meeting)

Organised by : ECPM, PGA
French and English

Through legislation drafting, parliamentarians have a decisive role in the abolitionist process. This private session for parliamentarians from all over the world will focus on strategies and best practices for the universal abolition.