The 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty

Congress | 26 February - 1 March | Brussels

Date: 26 February to 1 March 2019
Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Duration: 4 days
Number of participants: 1,500 per day
Reach of the event: an average of 115 countries represented at previous congresses

A plenary session, held in the European Parliament, will be dedicated to business and the death penalty. A panel gathering representatives from the private sector and organisations working with the private sector to advance human rights will discuss how business can become a new ally for the abolition movement.

The 7th World Congress in Brussels has been preceded by the 3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty which took place on 9 and 10 April 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, composed of more than 150 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and trade unions, was founded in Rome on 13 May 2002. Its foundation is the result of the commitment made by the signatories of the Final Declaration of the First World Congress against the Death Penalty, organised by the French association ECPM (Ensemble contre la peine de mort) in June 2001 in Strasbourg. The World Coalition aims to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to achieve the universal abolition of the death penalty. To this end, it supports the work of its member organisations and coordinates international advocacy for abolition. The Coalition also designated 10 October as the World Day against the Death Penalty. It is a partner of the World Congress against the Death Penalty, which takes place every three years.


  • Encourage involvement in the international anti-death penalty movement: private sector, sports, etc.
  • Put in place a global strategy to move the last retentionist countries towards abolition.
  • Accompany Africa towards abolition: could Africa be the next abolitionist continent?
  • Counter populist movements, make progress in raising awareness about abolition and make younger generations actors of change.
  • Break the isolation of civil society, which works on a daily basis to abolish the death penalty death in retentionist or moratorium countries by promoting networking. 
  • Raise awareness among the Belgian population and teach young people, from Belgium and beyond, about abolition of the death penalty.


For more information about the event and programme please follow the link provided below.