Situation


Initiated in May 2016, the campaign first established its goals and limitations:

1 – Obtain the abolition of the death penalty and life imprisonment for minors (at the time of the facts). The 13 states concerned by the death penalty (in their laws or practices) and the 68 states concerned by life imprisonment, have received a letter from Vivere asking them to validate or not, the information in our possession on their legislation. We received three answers. But the most important was to notify them of the existence of our movement and of its objective.

2 – Establish an international network of skills and references to support a relevant argument, specific for minors prosecuted or convicted, to develop the dissemination of these arguments in the international agenda. In addition, Vivere became a member of: – the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, organizer of the 6th World Congress at which Vivere participated in June 2016 in Oslo, Norway – the ‘Child Justice Advocacy Group’ network which brings together international NGOs specializing in juvenile justice which, by integrating Vivere, have placed the abolition of the death penalty as a primary objective.

3 – Take into account individual situations likely to be supported on the legal level, but also by an international mobilization, in agreement with our partners on-site. A first collaboration has been established with a small Pakistani NGO, “Redemption” (organization dedicated to the prisoners and their families). One of us went on-site in January 2017 to lay the foundation for collaboration.

Objectives


In 2017, the project is still based on two pillars: field action and advocacy initiatives. Despite great difficulties to develop the financing of this project, the year 2017 saw the field action continue in Pakistan (see following page), while the argumentation’s document was finalized in two languages (24 pages, in French and English) including the full range of legal instruments available, and all the reasons for addressing ourselves to the States concerned as well as to international bodies, in order to obtain the effective application of these existing prohibitions. Even if it is difficult to arouse interest both in the public opinion and the authorities concerned, this case is still valid, as it is true that a matter of life or death, applied after whatever procedure, should not have anything to do with reasons or pretexts of cultural or religious diversity. The project to develop a petition and fundraising website for this goal was prepared in 2017 with students from the International School of Lausanne, for publication in 2018. Objective: by 31 December 2022, the 13 countries whose legislation still provides for the death penalty and the 68 countries providing for life imprisonment for children in conflict with the law (under 18 at the time of the crime), abolished related articles in their respective criminal laws, and have taken measures and provisions to verify their application throughout the territory under their jurisdiction.

Challenges


The size and the modest resources of Vivere are obviously not able to carry out, alone, an action of this scale. We call on the expertise and the militant forces of as many organizations and qualified people as possible who would like to share this fight. Any contribution to the budget would be very important, thank you in advance!