Thursday 14 November 2019

Celebrating World Day Against the Death Penalty, 10 October: Parliamentarians, a critical force in promoting the abolition of the death penalty

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

The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) jointly with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) organized a panel discussion entitled Parliamentarians, a critical force in promoting the abolition of the death penalty, which was held in Geneva at the International Conference Center on the 10th of October 2013.

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.

Members of Parliament from Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Chad, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, Peru, Suriname and Zambia heard ICDP Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss speak on how States can abolish the death penalty; Baroness Stern, Member of Parliament and Chair of the All Parliamentary Group on the abolition of the Death Penalty (United Kingdom), highlighted the role of parliamentarians in achieving abolition of the death penalty. Oliver Robertson presented the results of Penal Reform International’s recent opinion poll in Belarus. Members of Parliament from Morocco and Kazakhstan made presentations about their work to abolish capital punishment in their respective countries.

ICDP launched its report Review 2010-2012 during the event. The report was released to celebrate ICDP’s third anniversary. It reviews ICDP’s activities and achievements since its creation in October 2010 until December 2012.

Please find attached press release on outcome of the event.

Please find attached the statements delivered during the event of the:
President of the IPU, Mr. Abdulwahad Radi.
President of the ICDP, Mr. Federico Mayor.

See below some links by the Parliamentarians for Global action related to the event.
http://www.pgaction.org/activity/2013/global-parliamentary-platform-for-the-abolition-of-the-death-penalty.html
http://www.pgaction.org/news/press-releases/statement-by-pga-board-member-ruth-wijdenbosch-for-the-abolition-of-the-death-penalty.html

For further information and full program, click here.

Please read the news release in English or French.

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