October 2013 Newsletter, N.7
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

Parliamentarians, a critical force in promoting the abolition of the death penalty

The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held a panel discussion in Geneva on 10 October 2013, celebrating the World Day against the Death Penatly.

The one-day event considered the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty and the role of Members of Parliament in ending this cruel and barbaric punishment. Eleven countries were represented by their Parliamentarians. ICDP Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss and Baroness Stern, Member of Parliament and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (United Kingdom), gave introductory speeches. Oliver Robertson presented the results of Penal Reform International’s recent opinion poll in Belarus and Members of Parliament from Morocco and Kazakhstan made presentations about their work to abolish capital punishment in their respective countries.

To read the press release on outcome of the event, click here.

ICDP Annual Report

Celebrating ICDP's third anniversary and the World Day against the Death Penalty, ICDP launched its report Review 2010-2012 during the joint event with IPU of the 10th October, which took place in Geneva. The Report reviews ICDP’s activities and achievements since its creation in October 2010 until December 2012.

Click here for the PDF Document.

Expert seminar in Bangkok on moving away from the death penalty in South East Asia, 22-23 October

During 22 and 23 October, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand organized an expert seminar in Bangkok on moving away from the death penalty in South East Asia. Mr Ibrahim Najjar, former Minister of Justice of Lebanon and ICDP Commissioner, participated in the seminar on behalf of ICDP. Prominent international experts, representatives from Governments, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, Parliaments, National Human Rights Institutions, the legal profession, academia and civil society attended this event.

International experts welcome efforts toward the abolition of the death penalty in South East Asia.

Please click on the press release of OHCHR for further information.

Support grows for the UN Protocol to abolish the death penalty

Guinea-Bissau became the 78th State party to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, by ratifying it on 24 September 2013.

On the same day, Angola’s also signed the Second Optional Protocol. ICDP urges the government of Angola to ratify the Protocol as soon as possible.

To read our statement click here.


OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

From 23 September to 4 October, the annual Human Dimension Implementation meeting (HDIM), organized by OSCE, took place in Warsaw, Poland.

In a Working Session, focused on the Rule of Law, ICDP Commissioner Hanne Sophie Greve moderated a discussion on exchange of views on the question of the death penalty, on the 2nd October. She also participated in a side event on: "Abolishing Death Penalty in the OSCE Region: the Role of Civil Society and Intergovernmental Organizations”. The side event was co-organized by Andorra, the European Union, Norway, San Marino, Serbia and Switzerland.

For further information on the OSCE and the HDIM, please go to

Article by ICDP Commissioner Mattarollo and Ambassador Diez

ICDP Commissioner and Ambassador for UNASUR in Haiti, Rodolfo Mattarollo and Ambassador for the EU in Argentina, Alfonso Diez, wrote an article on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, 10th October. The article "For life, against capital punishment", was published in the Buenos Aires Herald.

Click here for the article in English on the website. For Spanish/English version available in PDF click here.

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