Summary: New York - On Tuesday, 3 July 2012, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will host a global panel on "Moving away from the death penalty- Lessons from national experiences"
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents its compliments to non-governmental organisations and permanent missions to the United Nations and has the honour to extend an invitation to participate at the Global Panel on "Moving away from the death penalty- Lessons from national experiences," that will be held on 3 July 2012 from 10:00 to 14:30 hours at Conference Room No. 2 of United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The proposed global panel is intended to inform discussion among Member States in advance of this year's General Assembly debate on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The event will consist of two sessions. The first session will focus on those Member States that have recently taken positive initiatives in respect of the abolition of the death penalty. The second session will examine the human rights dimensions of the application of the death penalty in those Member States retaining it.
OHCHR Global Panel: "Moving away from the death penalty - Lessons from national experiences"
United Nations Headquarters, New York
North Lawn Building - Conference Room 2
3 July 2012
10:00-10:10 Opening remarks by Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General
10:10-10:20 Remarks by Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights
10:20-11:45 First Session - Experiences of Member States on the abolition of the death penalty
Chair: Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General
H.E. Dr. Sea Kosal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Mr. Valentin Bagorikunda, Prosecutor-General of the Republic of Burundi
Ms. Blanca Aída Stalling Dávila, Director-General of El Instituto de la Defensa Pública Penal of Guatemala
Mr. Federico Mayor, President, International Commission against the Death Penalty
11:45-12:30 Open discussion
12:30-13:45 Second Session: Human rights dimensions of the application of the death penalty in States retaining it
Chair: Professor Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Mr. Kirk Bloodsworth, victim of wrongful conviction and death sentence, USA
Mr. Barry C. Scheck, Co-Director, The Innocence Project, New York
Mr. Douglas Mendes, Justice, Belize Court of Appeal and the President of the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights
Ms. Maiko Tagusari, Secretary-General, Center for Prisoners' Rights, Japan
Mr. Cousin Zilala, Executive Director of Amnesty International, Zimbabwe
13:45- 14:30 Open discussion
14:30-16:30 Reception, West Delegates' Lounge, North Lawn Building