May 2013 Newsletter, N.3
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

Country Mission to Tajikistan, 13-16 May 2013

ICDP Commissioner and former President of the Swiss Confederation, Ruth Dreifuss, undertook a mission to Tajikistan to learn about developments leading to abolition of the death penalty in the country. During the mission she met with President Emomali Rahmon, senior state officials and representatives of the United Nations, OSCE and leaders from civil society. At the end of her visit Madame Dreifuss welcomed the positive developments that had already taken place and stressed that the international community would assist and support Tajikistan on the road to abolition.

Mission to the Commonwealth Caribbean, 9-14 March 2013

ICDP participated in a mission to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica organised by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty.  Madame Ruth Dreifuss and Baroness Scotland visited the three countries for discussions about the death penalty.  During the mission they met with state officials as well as members of the diplomatic community.  There were also a number of media interviews and public events on the death penalty which encouraged more debate about the use of capital punishment.

Spanish version of ICDP Report “How States abolish the death penalty” now available

The Spanish version of ICDP Report “How States abolish the death penalty” is now available. Click here for the full report “La abolición de la pena de muerte en los estados”.

Maryland (USA) abolishes the death penalty

The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) warmly welcomes the abolition of the death penalty in Maryland on 2 May 2013.

Eighteen U.S. states have now abolished the death penalty. Maryland is the sixth state in six years to repeal the capital punishment following its abolition in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.

Click here to view our PDF.


The 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty will take place in Madrid from 12 to 15 June 2013. More than 1,500 people from over 90 countries are expected to attend the Congress. ICDP is a supporter of the 5th World Congress and will be represented by its President Mr Mayor, and Commissioners Mr Badinter and Ms Greve.

Please read the full statement here.

For further information and full program, click here.

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