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IMPLEMENTATION

An academic programme developed in relation with the 6th World Congress

The academic programme of the Regional Congress will reflect the challenges linked to abolition of the death penalty in the region, particularly the fight against drug trafficking and consuming. The academic programme of the Regional Congress will be defined in direct relation to the academic programme of the 6th World Congress. To guarantee coherency, a Scientific Committee will be charged with incorporating the themes of the Regional Congress into the worldwide strategy toward universal abolition. It will be composed by one representative from, respectively, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the Anti Death Penalty Asia Network, ECPM, and the International Academic Network for the Abolition of Capital Punishment.

The Regional Congress will grant a special place to the legal profession in partnership with the Bar Council of Malaysia.
Finally, the Regional Congress will propose various times for informal conversations between participants.

Increased political activism

Since the Madrid Congress, the political involvement of States in fighting the death penalty has not weakened. ECPM wants to make the 6th World Congress and the Regional Congress an even greater part of the international political struggle. That is why a Core Group has been created. Composed of the Spanish, Norwegian, Turkish, Mexican, Argentinian, Swiss, Rwandan, French and Monegasque governments, it will be charged with mobilising actors from both political and diplomatic worlds of the Regional Congress’ target countries. For the World Congress, activism is widened to all continents in order to obtain strong political commitment in support of universal abolition.

PROVISIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAM

11TH & 12TH JUNE 2015

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Renaissance Hotel

DAY 1 -* 11TH JUNE 2015
9AMRegistration for the public / coffee welcoming
10AMVIPs’ arrival
Opening ceremony (include Video)
YB Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, Minister In The Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia
10.25AMChow Ying Ngeow, Executive Committee of ADPAN
10.40AMRaphaël Chenuil Hazan, Executive Director, The Organisation Together against the Death Penalty (ECPM), France
10.55AMSteven Thiru, President , Malaysian Bar
11.10AMTan Sri Hasmy Agam, Chairman, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
11.25AMConstantin Nicolaysen Karamé, First Secretary, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
11.40AMH.E. Rod Smith, Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia
11.55AMH.E. Luc Vandebon, Ambassador & Head of Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia
VIDEOS:
  • Bichop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace prize, 1984
  • Father Charlie Burrows
12PM to 1.30PMLunch Time
1.30PM to 3.30PMPlenary session: DRUGS AND DEATH PENALTY
TOPIC:
The inefficiency of death penalty in drug related crimes. The responsibility of the European countries and UN agencies in financing anti-drug programs in retentionist countries. MODERATOR: Representative from ADPAN
SPEAKERS:
  • Dr. Rick Lines, Executive Director, Harm Reduction International, United Kingdom
  • Ricky Gunawan, Director, Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH) Masyarakat (Community Legal Aid Institute), Indonesia
  • Professor Franklin Zimring, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America
  • M Ravi, Human and Anti-Death Penalty Activist, Singapore
  • Matilda Bogner, Regional Representative for South East Asia of OHCHR
  • 3.30PM to 4PMCoffee Break
    4PM to 5PMWorkshop 1: THE MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY
    TOPIC:
    Make a clear distinction between the death penalty and the mandatory death penalty, to consider the abolition of the mandatory death penalty as a first step towards total abolition. Progress and regression of the mandatory death penalty. Identification of steps for abolition of the mandatory death penalty. MODERATOR: Representative from ADPAN
    SPEAKERS:
  • Professor Chan Wing Cheong, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Parvais Jabbar, Co-Executive Director, The Death Penalty Project, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Azmi Sharom, Law Professor, University of Malaya (TBC)
  • Julian McMahon, Australian lawyer and barrister for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, executed in Indonesia
  • 5PM to 6PMTestimonies: JUDICIAL OFFICIALS/JUDGES/LAWYERS AND THE DEATH PENALTY
    TOPIC:
    Judicial Officials, Judges and Lawyers will testify their personal experiences when dealing with a death penalty case: how they made decisions; what were their reflections?
    SPEAKERS:
  • Chin-hsien Chen, Judge, Tainan District Court, Taiwan
  • Chow Ying Ngeow, Lawyer/ Executive Committee of ADPAN
  • Julian McMahon, Australian lawyer and barrister for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, executed in Indonesia
  • DAY 2 -* 12TH JUNE 2015
    9AM to 10.30AMFirst roundtable discussion: THE ELEMENTS OF UNFAIR TRIALS
    TOPIC:
    The topic of discrimination in the use of the death penalty. Point out the non-respect of criminal law-guaranteed procedures: unaccompanied defendant during the interrogations, confessions sometimes obtained under torture, etc. Remind retentionist countries to respect the criminal procedures set up and guaranteed by the Criminal Procedure Code.
    MODERATOR: Representative from ADPAN
    SPEAKERS:
  • Abdul Rashid Ismail, Advocate & Solicitor, Messrs Rashid Zulkifli and Past President, National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), Malaysia
  • Saul Lehrfreund, Co-Executive Director, The Death Penalty Project, United Kingdom
  • Leon Chih-hau Huang, Lawyer, Taiwan - LIONHEART Attorneys-at-Law, specialized in Intellectual Property, Int’l Dispute, Criminal Defense, Legal Interpretation, Forensic Psychology & Psychiatry
  • Puri Kencana Putri, Research Bureau, The Commission for “the Disappeared” and Victims of Violence (Kontras), Indonesia
  • 10.30AM to 11AMCoffee break
    11AM to 12.30PMSecond roundtable discussion: DIPLOMACY AND DEATH PENALTY
    TOPIC:
    The diplomatic leverages, a useful tool to help advance the abolitionist cause. The role of interregional organizations (e.g. ASEAN) to promote the abolition of the death penalty in Asia.
    MODERATOR: Richard Sedillot, Lawyer and Defender of death row prisoners, Vice President of the International Commission of the CIB, ECPM Administrator
    SPEAKERS:
  • Rafendi Djamin, Representative of Indonesia to ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Right (AICHR)
  • Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Representative of Malaysia to ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Right (AICHR)
  • Luvsanvandan Bold, Member of Parliament, Mongolia and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia
  • 12.30PM to 2PMLunch Time
    2PM to 3.30PMWorkshop 2: INGOs, DIPLOMACY AND DEATH PENALTY
    TOPIC:
    Sharing experiences on how to incorporate international pressure and diplomacy pressure with local campaigns. Develop common strategies adapted to the particular context of the considered area: East and South East Asia.
    MODERATOR:
    Aurélie Plaçais, Program Director, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, France
    SPEAKERS:
  • Raphaël Chenuil Hazan, Executive Director, The Organisation Together against the Death Penalty (ECPM), France
  • Hanna Gormann, Head of European Commission Project, Reprieve, United Kingdom
  • Chiara Sangiorgio, Death Penalty Researcher, Amnesty International, United Kingdom
  • Bhatara Ibnu Reza, Operational Coordinator, The Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial), Indonesia
  • Valérie Régnier, International Relation, Comunita’ di Sant’Egidio
  • Michelle Kissenkoetter, Director of Asia Desk, International Federation for Human Rights FIDH
  • 2PM to 3.30PMWorkshop 3: WORKING WITH THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES
    TOPIC:
    Death penalty should not be only tackled through law and legislation approaches. Telling stories, talking about individuals who are directly affected by the death penalty is essential to raise awareness among the media and the public. The importance of creating educational tools about the work with the victims’ families. Focus on how we can work with the victim’s family from an NGO’s point of view. How to reach them without scare them away and develop a relationship with the victim’s family. How to reach out to different victims groups and work with them.
    MODERATOR: Representative from ADPAN
    SPEAKERS:
  • Jiazhen Wu, Deputy Director, Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP), Taiwan
  • Arthur Wilson, Executive Director, Prison Fellowship Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Toshi Kazama, New York-based photographer, Journey of Hope
  • Sabine Atlaoui, Spouse of a death row prisoner in Indonesia
  • 2PM to 3.30PMWorkshop 4: TEACHING ABOLITION
    TOPIC:
    The integration of educative workshops in academic systems’ curricula.
    MODERATOR: Representative from ADPAN
    SPEAKERS:
  • Marianne Rossi, The Organisation Together against the Death Penalty (ECPM), France
  • Munkhjavhlan Baatar, Lecturer, National University of Mongolia and Human Rights Activist, Mongolia
  • Connie Chan Man-Wai, Senior Campaigner, Amnesty International, Hong Kong
  • Li-shu, Weng, Lu Jiang Elementary School teacher, Executive Board Member of TAEDP, Member of TAEDP Curriculum Team
  • Datuk Dr. Khaw Lake Tee, Vice-Chairman, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
  • 3.30PM to 4PMCoffee break
    4PM to 5PMClosing ceremony
    SPEAKERS:
  • Constantin Nicolaysen Karamé, First Secretary, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
  • Raphaël Chenuil Hazan, Executive Director, The Organisation Together against the Death Penalty (ECPM), France
  • Charles Hector, Executive Committee of ADPAN
  • Florence Bellivier, President of WCADP
  • Mario Marazziti, Member of Italian Parliament, Parliamentarian for Global Action
  • CULTURAL PROGRAM:
  • Ewam Lin: exhibition of prison drawings (by TAEDP)
  • Installation of a prison cell by AI Malaysia/ and pictures of prison
  • Letters written by former death-row inmate Yong Vui Kong
  • Exhibition of the International Drawing Contest: “Draw Me the Abolition”
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