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World Congress Against the Death Penalty

The World Congress Against the Death Penalty is a triennial opportunity to bring together abolitionist groups, strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty and draw up common strategies with a view to universal abolition.

The 1st World Congress Against the Death Penalty was held in 2001 in Strasbourg, in the hemicycle of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. It led to the creation of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10.

The 2nd World Congress Against the Death Penalty was organized by ECPM and Penal Reform International in Montreal in 2004. It aimed at highlighting regional approaches in the political fight against the death penalty. Special attention was paid to the United States on the eve of the presidential elections.

The 3rd World Congress Against the Death Penalty was held in 2007 in Paris. It was organized by by the French NGO Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM) in partenership with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty following the execution of Saddam Hussein and the 30th anniversary of the return of executions in the United States. Debates led to an acute awareness of the reality of the death penalty in China. The Congress also united the abolitionist movement around the case of the Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor then held on death row in Libyan prisons, widely covered in the media.

The 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty was held from 24 to 26 February 2010 in Geneva. It is organised by ECPM in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The 4th Congress aimed at strengthening ties between civil society, international and intergovernmental institutions and organisations (NGOs, the Arab League, the OIF, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS, the African Union, etc.) as well as national and local entities in support of the abolitionist movement.

FIACAT attended the 4 World Congresses.

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