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World Coalition Against the Death Penalty



The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an alliance of more than 120 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions, was created in Rome on 13 May 2002. It was founded as a result of the commitment made by the signatories of the Final Declaration of the 1st World Congress Against the Death Penalty organised by the French NGO Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) in Strasbourg in June 2001.
The aim of the World Coalition is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to obtain the universal abolition of the death penalty. To achieve its goal, the World Coalition advocates for a definitive end to death sentences and executions in those countries where the death penalty is in force. In some countries, it is seeking to obtain a reduction in the use of capital punishment as a first step towards abolition.
The World Coalition is striving to achieve these aims in the following ways:
  • by lobbying international organisations and States;
  • by organising international campaigns, including the World Day Against the Death Penalty;
  • by supporting national and regional abolitionist forces.

For more information, please contact Aurélie Plaçais.


  • Statement of international solidarity with the families of people sentenced to death in Iran
    The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty express its solidarity with the families and relatives of people who are sentenced to death in Iran and with the civil society organizations supporting them. The World Coalition strongly condemn the repression they are facing since 6 September 2022, when families of people sentenced to death in Iran […]
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  • Take Action for World Day 2022!
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  • Death penalty: Singapore’s growing abolition movement
    Article first published by the Interpreter Public support for capital punishment isn’t as overwhelmingand unshakeable as the government often portrays it to be. The sun baked the concrete and tarmac as mourners walked behind a hearse carrying Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, wailing and crying out for the life that had been lost. Over 200 people attended […]
  • Abolition of the death penalty at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council
    The United Nations Human Rights Council met for its 50th Regular Session from June 13 to July 8, 2022. If you missed it, here is what happened regarding the abolition of the death penalty! DURING THE DEBATES  Opening her last session as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet informed the Human Rights Council […]
  • Malawi Supreme Court Reverses Abolition Decision
    On 30 April 2021, the World Coalition published the following article on the abolition of the death penalty in Malawi. Since its publication, the abolitionist status of the country has changed. This article has been updated below. —————————- Malawi’s highest court finds the death penalty ‘unconstitutional’ and a violation of the right to life. On […]
  • Joint Statement to condemn the public executions and the surge of executions in 2022 in Iran
    The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty strongly condemn the resumption of public executions in Iran and the surge in the executions in 2022, which goes against the international trends towards abolition of the death penalty. The World Coalition further condemn the arbitrary use of the death penalty and the violation of a number of […]
  • Statement on the end of the unofficial moratorium on executions in Myanmar
    The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and ACAT-France, ACAT-Germany (and their partner organization Federal Association of Vietnamese Refugees in the Federal Republic of Germany), Amnesty International, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN), Avocats Sans Frontières France, Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE International), Coalition Marocaine Contre la Peine […]
  • Central African Republic Becomes 24th African State to Abolish the Death Penalty
    The President of the Central African Republic promulgated the law abolishing the death penalty on June 27 2022, one month after the National Assembly passed the law. CAR is now the 24th abolitionist state in Africa and the 111th in the world. The adoption of this law allows the CAR to join the majority of […]
  • Plans to carry out arbitrary executions in Myanmar must halt immediately
    The undersigned organizations are gravely concerned at the recent announcement by the military authorities of Myanmar that the death sentences imposed on four people after grossly unfair proceedings have been approved for implementation. We urge the military authorities to immediately halt plans to carry out the executions, which would violate the prohibition against the arbitrary […]