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*|July, 2013|* Newsletter, N.5
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

Bolivia accedes to
Second Optional Protocol
to ICCPR

ICDP welcomes the accession by the Plurinational State of Bolivia on 12 July 2013 to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), aiming at the abolition of death penalty.  Bolivia becomes the 77th state to this Protocol.  ICDP is an official supporter of the campaign led by the World Coalition against the Death Penalty to encourage States to ratify the Second Optional Protocol. Please read our statement here.

Meeting with General Rapporteur on the death penalty

In July ICDP’s Commissioner Hanne Sophie Greve and Secretary-General Asunta Vivó met with the newly-appointed General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the Council of Europe Marina Schuster.The delegation introduced ICDP and its activities and agreed to cooperate in the future in areas of mutual interest.

Support on calls for retrial on the case of Pablo Ibar, Florida, USA

ICDP has joined with others in calling for a retrial of Pablo Ibar. Pablo Ibar, a 41 year-old man, who is a national of the USA and Spain, is on death row in Florida State Prison, USA. He was convicted in 2000 for a triple murder in 1994 but has always proclaimed his innocence and denied any involvement in the killings. Please read our statement here.

Nigeria

Following the resumption of executions in Nigeria in June (see ICDP statement of 25 June 2013) the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights is now seized of the matter and according to media reports has appealed to the Nigerian authorities to halt further executions.
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