In order to take the abolitionist cause as far as possible and in parallel with its World Congress, ECPM is developing long-term actions in Central Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. These actions hinge on 4 main areas:

  • .  Federate to enable actors committed against the death penalty to join their strengths
    Reinforce to provide these actors with strategic, financial and/or logistical support in their struggle.
  • .  Advocate to organise high-level political meetings, create awareness raising campaigns, establish regular anti-death penalty events
  • . Educate to raise awareness among citizens in educational environment.

ECPM in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Since when ? 

ECPM has been involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2005.

With whom ? 


ECPM works with the Congolese Coalition against the Death Penalty, the Culture for Peace and Justice (CPJ) association, the European Union, Norway, the Central African Coalition against the Death Penalty and Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA).

Which objectives? 

ECPM advocates for reform of the Criminal Code and the Constitution, promoting international instruments such as the UN resolution for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
ECPM regularly visits prisons and calls on the authorities to be more transparent regarding these issues.
ECPM supports the organization of public debates and school interventions against the death penalty. The drawing competition for abolition is followed by a large number of Congolese establishments.

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2007: ECPM and its partners publish the first fact-finding mission on death row. This mission is carried out in Great Lakes Africa (Burundi, DRC and Rwanda).

2017: ECPM coordinates the project Supporting parliamentarians, national institutions and civil society organizations in partnership with CPJ. This project, co-funded by the European Union and Norway, highlights in particular the work of the various abolitionist networks existing in the DRC, such as the network of parliamentarians, lawyers and even magistrates against the death penalty.

September 25 and 26, 2017: ECPM participates in a national conference followed by a training session for the UPR. The aim of this conference is to energize collective action by increasing vigilance, the capacity for action and the dialogue of civil society with national decision-makers, but also to unite activists during national conferences. To do this, ECPM and the participants exchanged on strengthening the involvement of political actors, their action and leadership in order to encourage governments to increase their commitment to the death penalty. Over 70 people participated. This event also gave rise to a campaign in the context of international instruments relating to the death penalty.

October 10, 2017: setting up of events for the 15th world day with the theme "poverty and justice, a deadly mix". NHRIs, diplomats, politicians and civil society actors came together to celebrate this event.

June 1 and 2, 2018: ECPM, CPJ and PGA organize a regional parliamentary seminar in Central Africa on the theme of "promoting the abolition of the death penalty in Africa: the role of parliamentarians" as well as a table- round. More than 200 parliamentarians from the DRC and neighboring countries met during these 2 days.

September 2018: ECPM publishes an alternative UPR report for the May 2019 review.

October 2018: ECPM organizes a side-event in New York as part of an international campaign with the Congolese authorities for the resolution on the universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
+ ECPM launches third-party financing for two Congolese projects: CAFEN and CIDDHOPE (?).

December 2019: ECPM and its partners publish their fact-finding mission on death row in the DRC.


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