Official opening ceremony: Wednesday 12 June 2013 at 5pm, Palacio Municipal de Congresos in Madrid (Avenida Capital de España Madrid 7, Campo de las naciones, Madrid), Metro : line 8 (Campo Naciones station))
Solemn closing ceremony: Saturday 15 June 2013 at 10.30 am, Cines Callao, Metro : lines 3, 5 (Callao station)
Final march: Saturday 15 June 2013 at 12.30, plaza Callao, Metro : lines 3, 5 (Callao station)
All debates will be performed in English, French and Spanish
Palacio Municipal de Congreso (campo de las Naciones), Madrid.
9:30-11:30 • Plenary Session - Presidency, Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, general director of Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM)
The MENA region. - Performed in Arabic and Russian
Which arguments in favour of abolition from a sociological, religious and legal point of view?
Moderator Amina Bouayach, Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Morocco.
• Nasser Amin,Director-general of the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession, Egypt;
• Youssef Seddik, philosopher and anthropologist of the Koran, Tunisia;
• Mustapha Farouk Ksentini, president of the National Advisory Commission for the Promotion and the Protection of Human Rights (CNCPPDH), Algeria;
• Houria Es-slami, coordinator of the Working Group in charge of the development of cooperation, partnerships and international relations of the National Council for Human Rights, Morocco;
• Ghassan Moukheiber, Member of the Lebanese Parliament and rapporteur of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Lebanon.
Presentation and book signing by Susannah Sheffer, author, of the book: "Fighting for Their Lives Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys (Vanderbilt University Press, 2013)" – Room Luxembourg http://www.susannahsheffer.com/fighting-for-their-lives.html
Terrorism and abolition - Performed in Russian
The consequences of terrorism on abolitionist strategies.
• Abderahim Jamaï, lawyer, coordinator of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Morocco;
• Hanne Sophie Greve, judge and vice-president of the Hight Court of Western Norway and member of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty (ICDP), Norway;
• Saira Rahman Khan, founder member of ODHIKAR and assistant professor, school of law, BRAC University, Bangladesh.
Iran - Performed in Farsi
The use of the death penalty and the consequences of public executions on the population.
Moderator: Ahmad Arafat, writer and journalist for Raha TV, Spain.
• Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur from the United Nations on the situation of Human Rights in Iran, Switzerland;
• Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, representative from Iran Human Rights (IHR), Norway;
• Hossein Raesi, lawyer, Canada;
• Roya Boroumand, president and founder of the Boroumand Foundation, USA.
Legal and diplomatic strategies for foreigners sentenced to death
How to reconcile legal and diplomatic strategies to optimise their complimentarity?
Moderator: Carles MacCragh, vice-president of the Spanish National Bar Foundation, Spain.
• Richard Sedillot, International lawyer, France.
• Rodolfo Mattarollo, Argentine Ambassador in Haiti and special representative of the Technical Secretariat of the Union of South American Nations in Haiti, Argentina;
• Victor Uribe, Representative of Mexican diplomacy, Mexico ;
• Tineke Harris, director for the Death Penalty Team, Reprieve, United Kingdom.
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• Think Center Singapore, Singapore ;
• Quaker United Nations Office, Switzerland ;
• Committee to Save Mumia Abu Jamal, France ;
• Campaign to End the Death Penalty, USA ;
• Iran Human Rights, Norway.
Teaching abolition, sharing experiences and tools - Performed in Russian
Which tools exist and how to share and improve them so that the largest number of people can benefit from them?
• Marianne Rossi, responsible of the project “Educate for abolition”, ECPM, France; • Mostafa Znaidi, Coordinator of the Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights (MOHR) and Deputy Coordinator of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Morocco;
• Osvaldo Burgos, member of the committee against the death penalty of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and responsible of the “Educate” programme, Puerto Rico;
• Tanya Awad Ghorra, responsible of the “Educate” programme, Lebanese Association for Civil Rights (LACR), Lebanon ;
• Rosalyn Park, research director for The Advocates for Human Rights, USA;
• Jenchun Hsieh, Executive director of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP), and Coordinator of Murder by Number Film Festival, Taiwan.
The Caribbean: The death penalty in the region
Theme of the next World Day Against the Death Penalty. Practices and strategies.
Moderator: Ramón Lobo, journalist and writer, Spain.
• Sergio García Ramírez, former Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Mexico;
• Lloyd Barnett, lawyer, founding member of Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL), Jamaica;
• Leela Ramdeen, member of the Catholic Commission for Social Justice, Trinidad and Tobago;
• Carmelo Campos Cruz, co-founder and spokesperson of the Puerto Rican Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Puerto Rico.
Regional Parliamentary Network in favour of abolition - Performed in Arabic
Implementation of the Morocco project and network project in the MENA region. An idea to be applied in other regions around the world?
Moderator: Nicolas Perron, programme manager, Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM), France.
• Baroness Vivien Helen Stern of Vauxhall, president of the Parliamentary Commission Against the Death Penalty, United Kingdom;
• Khadija Rouissi, vice-president of the Moroccan Parliament and Coordinator of the Moroccan Parliamentarian Network Against the Death Penalty, Morocco;
• Leonard She, senator, Democratic Republic of Congo; • Alice Alaso, parliamentarian, Uganda.
• Alice Alaso, parliamentarian, Uganda.
Intergovernmental organisations and civil society. - Performed in Russian
Which mutual work relationships to be developed between IGO’s and civil society?
• Mabassa Fall, representative of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) for the African Union, Senegal;
• Chiara Sangiorgio, Death Penalty team at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International (AI), United Kingdom;
• Maria Donatelli, Executive director, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, France;
• Martine Anstett, Deputy Director of peace, democracy and human rights department, l’Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), Paris;
• Asunta Vivó Cavaller, secretary general of the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP), Switzerland.
Juveniles and the Death Penalty - Performed in Arabic
Children sentenced to death in the world.
Moderator: George Abu Al-Zulof, Child Protection Specialist, Justice for Children, UNICEF, Yemen.
• Abel Debwan Said Sharabi, Director General of Social Defense at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Yemen;
• Rifaat O Makkawi, lawyer and Director of People’s Legal Aid Centre (PLACE);
• Leila Alikarami, lawyer, Iran;
• Haitham Shibli, Penal Reform International, United Kingdom.
Benin, Nigeria and Uganda, one abolitionist country and two retentionist countries. Evolution of practices, political influence and regional strategies.
Moderator: Liévin Ngonji, lawyer and member of the Coalition of Central and West Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
• Frederick Ssempebwa, lawyer, Uganda;
• Chino Edmund Obiagwu, member of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), Nigeria;
• Patrice Hounyeaze, director of Human Rights for the Ministry of Justice, of legislation and Human Rights, Benin;
• Maya Sahli-Fadel, Commissioner of the Death Penalty group of the African Union, Algeria.
Palacio Municipal de Congreso (campo de las Naciones), Madrid.
Asia - Presidency, Roger Hood, professor emeritus of criminology at the University of Oxford, emeritus fellow of All Souls College, and the former director of the Centre for criminology at Oxford, United-Kingdom - Performed in Russian
The evolution of the situation in the region: Mongolia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.
• Yug Chaudhry, lawyer, India;
• Otto Nur Abdullah, former president of the National Commission of Human Rights in Indonesia and member of the Commission on Human Rights of India, Indonesia;
• Maiko Tagusari, Jurist and Center for Prisoner’s Rights (CPR) activist, Japan;
• Parvais Jabbar, co-executive director of the Death Penalty Project, United Kingdom;
• Sosormaa Chuluunbaatar, human rights and citizens participation policy advisor to the president of mongolia.Mongolia.
Presentation of the project One For Ten by the director Will Francome – Room Luxembourg http://www.oneforten.com/
Families of victims: an international action network
Which tools and which support for families of victims? How to reinforce the international network and how to better integrate them into abolitionist strategies.
• Bill Pelke, president and co-founder of Journey of Hope… from Violence to Healing, USA;
• Toshi Kazama, photographer of convicted juveniles on death row, USA;
• Mario Polanco, director of Grupo de apoyo mutuo, Guatemala;
• Kevin Miguel Rivera Medina, Bar Association of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.
Abolition and alternative sentences in the world - Performed in Russian
Evolution of sentences in the abolitionist world.
With a video presentation of Theodore O. Te, lawyer and professor of Criminal Law and Remedial Law, Philippines.
Moderator: Andrea Huber, policy director, Penal Reform International (PRI), United-Kindgdom.
• Dirk Van Zyl Smit, professor at the University of Nottingham, member of the International Academic Network for the Abolition of Capital Punishment (REPECAP), United Kingdom;
• Constance de la Vega*, professor at the Law University of San Francisco, member of Human Rights Advocates (HRA), USA;
• Raphaël Nyabirungu, Dean of the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo;
• Mohammed Bouzlafa, professor of criminal law and private international law, Morocco.
Innocence and Abolition: a strategic asset for abolition ?
How to use the argument of innocence and judicial error in strategies and identify the means to not penalise the work of lawyers.
Moderator: Alvaro Corcuera, journalist, El Pais Semana, Spain.
• Kirk Bloodsworth, director of communication and death row exoneree, Witness to Innocence, USA;
• Chuan-Fen Chang, writer and board member of Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP), Taiwan;
• Samy Ghorbal, Journalist and writer, director of a fact-finding mission in Tunisia, Tunisia.
Legal Representation in Capital Cases
Presentation of a new manual destined to lawyers who defend people facing the death penalty.
• Sandra Babcock, professor and director of the International Centre for Human Rights of the Northwestern University Law School, USA;
• Sarah Belal, defense lawyer, Pakistan;
• Aurélie Plaçais, Programme Director, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, France;
• Robin N. Maher, director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty representation project, USA.
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• The Advocates for Human Rights, USA ;
• Save Anthony Mungin, France ;
• Budimand Lufti, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom ;
• Paul Rougeau Committee, Italy ;
• Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Italy.
Drug trafficking and the death penalty: Fight trafficking without funding States that execute
How to harmonise international strategies which target international drug trafficking without financing countries who execute under the cover of repressing drug traffickers?
Moderator: Xaquin Lopez, investigative journalist for the Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE), Spain.
• Maya Foa, deputy director of the death penalty section, Reprieve, United Kingdom;
• Zaved Mahmood, rule of law and democracy section of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Switzerland;
• Damon Barrett, deputy director, Harm Reduction International, United Kingdom;
• Taimour Aliassi, UN Representative of the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G), Switzerland.
Europe: future strategies - Performed in Russian
The EU, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the question of Belarus and Russia.
Video presentation by H. E. Mr. Remiguisz Achilles Henczel, President of the Human Rights Council, United Nations.
Moderator: Ariane Grésillon, deputy director, Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM), France.
• Antonis Alexandridis, member of the European Service for External Action (EEAS), Belgium;
• Luigia Di Gisi, member of the European Commission, Belgium;
• Valentin Stefanovic, representative of Viasna, Belarus;
• Renate Wolwhend rapporteur for the Council of Europe until April 2013, Lichtenstein.
Abolitionist strategies: the campaign for abolition in California.
Through this example, how to evaluate a campaign and which new voices emerged from this one?
ModeratorElizabeth Zitrin lawyer, Death Penalty Focus, USA.
• Natasha Minsker, member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), director of the SAFE campaign, USA;
• Gil Garcetti, former district Attorney of Los Angeles county, USA;
With the participation ofMr Robert Badinter, former Justice Minister, author of the French abolition bill and member of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty (ICDP), France.
The death penalty and torture - Performed in Russian
An evaluation of international tools, applicable jurisprudences, identification of legal approaches and campaign tools to be developed to obtain the recognition of the death penalty as torture.
• Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights, USA;
• Emilio Ginés Santidrián, member of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the United Nations (UN), Switzerland;
• Sylvie Bukhari-de Pontual, President of the Fédération internationale des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture (FIACAT), France;
• John Bessler, professor of Law at the Baltimore University School of Law.
The USA: State of the Abolition
Which strategies coexist and how do they evolve?
Video presentation of Mr Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, executed in 1953 in the State of New York, and funder of the Rosenberg Funds for Children, USA.
Moderator : Javier Valenzuela, journalist and writer, director of TintaLibre, Spain.
• Richard Dieter executive director of the Information Centre on capital punishment, USA;
• Michael Radelet, professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA;
• Elizabeth Zitrin lawyer, Death Penalty Focus, USA.
With a video presentation of Mr Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, executed in 1953 in the State of New York, and funder of the Rosenberg Funds for Children, USA.
China: which communication tools for the legal community? E
Exchanging experiences between lawyers to develop communication tools specific to the legal profession in China.
Moderator: Nicola Macbean, Director of The Rights Practice, United Kingdom.
• Teng Biao, lawyer and professor of Law, founder of the China Against the Death Penalty network (CADP), China;
• Liang Xiaajun, lawyer, member of China Against the Death Penlaty (CADP), China;
• Liu Weiguo, lawyer, China ;
• Robert Badinter, former Justice Minister, author of the French abolition bill and member of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty (ICDP), France.
(* Awaiting confirmation) This is a provisional programme which can be subject to change.