January 2014 Newsletter, N.10
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

Execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias

Edgar Tamayo Arias, a 46 year-old Mexican national, was executed in Texas, USA, on 22 January 2014.

"Mr. Tamayo's execution is a clear breach of US and international law", said Federico Mayor, President of ICDP.

After his arrest, Edgar Tamayo was not informed by authorities in Texas of his right, as a detained foreign national, to seek consular assistance. He was sentenced to death in October 1994. In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the US government had violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in the case of 51 people sentenced to death, including Mr. Tamayo. Moreover, Edgar Tamayo was diagnosed with "mild mental retardation" in 2008. The US Supreme Court has ruled that their executions violated the US Constitution.

For further information, please read our statement.

ICDP Commissioner Mr Ibrahim Najjar participates in the “National Conference against the Death Penalty” in Lebanon

Mr Ibrahim Najjar, former Minister of Justice of Lebanon, represented ICDP at the Plenary Session of the “National Conference against the Death Penalty” which took place in Beirut, Lebanon, on 24 and 25 January. The conference attracted the participation of officials, international civil society actors, intellectuals and journalists. The conference also featured former death row prisoners who spoke about their experiences.

The conference was organized by the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights (LACR) and Ensemble contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM) in partnership with the Lebanese Campaign for the abolition of the Death Penalty.

Op-eds by ICDP in December and January

An Op-ed written jointly by the President of the ICDP Mr. Federico Mayor and Commissioner Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, on the case of the execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias was published by Latin Times and by the Global post in January.

An Op-ed written by the President of ICDP Mr. Federico Mayor on the occasion of the ICDP's meeting in Belgium in December 2013 was published by the Diplomatic Aspects Newspaper in December and by La Libre Belgique in January.

United Kingdom joins the ICDP's Support Group

In December 2013, United Kingdom became the latest member to join the Support Group of ICDP. United Kingdom is an important actor in the global movement for the abolition of the death penalty. The Support Group is now composed of 18 countries representing all regions of the world which are committed to the abolition of the death penalty.

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