The 5th World Congress aims to play an increasingly influential role in an international political strategy by encouraging cooperation between States, international organisations and civil society.
Two plenary sessions
> Asia: situation of the region, the legal process both at the trial and appellate stages and military jurisdictions
Mongolia, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia; reviewing changes in India and Pakistan
> The MENA region: what are the arguments in favour of abolition?
From a sociological, religious and political perspective
Eleven round tables
> Iran: what are the political instruments used to stall the ongoing wave of executions?
The use of the death penalty and the consequences of public executions on the population.
> United States: state of affairs concerning abolition
Which strategies cohabitate and how do they evolve?
> Europe: strategies for the future
The EU, the European parliament, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the question of Belarus and Russia
> Sub-Saharan Africa: evolution of practices and political influences
Benin, Nigeria and Kenya
> The Caribbean: the death penalty in the region
Theme of the next World Day against the death penalty. Practices and strategies in the region
> Innocence: a strategic asset for abolition?
How to use the innocence and miscarriages of justice argument without jeopardizing the situation of the culprits and their lawyers?
> Drug trafficking and the death penalty: fighting against trafficking without financing States that execute
How to unite international strategies that fight against international drug trafficking while ensuring they do not give funds to countries that use drug related crimes to execute?
> Juveniles and the Death Penalty
Children sentenced to death in the world.
> Abolition and alternative sentencing in the world
Evolution of penalties in the abolitionist world
> Support and strategies to defend nationals sentenced to death overseas
How to reconcile the legal and diplomatic strategies to optimise their complementarity?
> Regional parliamentarian networks
Implementation of the Morocco project and project of a network in the MENA region. An idea that could be implemented in other regions of the world?
> China: which internal tools of communication for the legal community?
Exchanging experiences between lawyers to develop the necessary communication tools within the legal community in China.
> Abolitionist strategies: the campaign for abolition in California
Using this example, how to evaluate a campaign and which new voices have emerged from it?
> World Coalition: a new tool for defense lawyers
Presentation of a new manual for defense lawyers who defend people charged with a capital crime.
> Inter Governmental Organisations and civil society
Which working relationships should be developed between IGOs and civil society?
> The death penalty and torture
An evaluation of all collateral damages of the death penalty to identify means of action.
> Victims’ families: a international network of strategies
Which tools and support are available for victims’ families? How to reinforce the international network and how to better integrate their roles in abolitionist strategies?
> Teaching abolition: sharing experience and tools
Which tools exist and how to improve them to benefit the largest number?
Download educational tools designed by the World Coalition and its members
> Terrorism and abolition
The consequences of terrorism on abolitionist strategies.
> Full Programme with speakers
Registration for the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty is free but mandatory. Since the number of places is limited, you are invited to register as soon as possible.
The participants to the World Congress Against the Death Penalty have handed over their final declaration to the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay.
On 10 October 2016, the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty is raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for terrorism-related offences, to reduce its use.