4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty

Press release

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its affiliated leagues welcome the opening this Wednesday, of the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, to be held in Geneva February 24th to 26th, 2010.

The World Congress, gathering abolitionists from across the world, is organized by Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM) in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, to which FIDH is a member of the Steering Committee. Aiming to discuss and elaborate national and international strategies for the universal abolition of death penalty, the Congress constitutes a further step towards the enforcement of the global abolitionist movement.

In conformity with its consistent policy against the application of the death penalty under any circumstances, FIDH has strongly contributed to the organisation of this important event and calls for a strong, coordinated action against the excessive and often arbitrary use of death penalty in countries such as Iran, China, Vietnam. On the occasion of the Congress, FIDH makes public today two notes on the death penalty in the Islamic Republic of Iran and in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

In particular, FIDH will be represented by its Secretary General and Academic Ms. Florence Bellivier, and Ms. Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as well by many other personalities members of the FIDH network. FIDH together with Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR) are organising a round table on the topic “Victims, Violence and Death Penalty: How to respond to violence and compensate Victims without the Death Penalty”, on February 25th .

“On the occasion of the 4th World Congress, FIDH and its affiliated members reiterate their call for the universal abolition of this inhuman practice in accordance with international human rights standards”, declared Souhayr Belhassen, President of FIDH.

More information can be found in the site of the congress: www.abolition.fr

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