Thursday, February 28 (panels)

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; Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (TBC) ;  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.

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

11.30am - 1.30pm

Orange room

Why death penalty continues to be applied in Belarus?

Organised byECPM, FIDH, Human Rights Center “Viasna” (Belarus), Council of Europe
French, English and Russian

Belarus is the only country in Europe where death sentences continue to be carried out regularly and in full secrecy. Despite attempts by human rights organizations as well as local activists to achieve the abolition or at least a moratorium on the death penalty, Belarus executes two to four people per year on the average. The side-event will highlight violations related to the use of the death penalty in Belarus from the point of view of death convicts' relatives, local activists and representatives of international organizations. It will assess the progress made by the Belarusian authorities towards the abolition. The discussion will also focus on the effectiveness of actions undertaken by the European Union, the United Nations and the Council of Europe, aimed at accelerating the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus.

1.30pm - 3pm

Blue room

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

Organised by : ECPM, IOF

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.