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"Women and Extreme Punishment: The Use of the Death Penalty for Drug Offences"
A side event at Human Rights Council, 48th Session on
"Women and Extreme Punishment: The Use of the Death Penalty for Drug Offences"

In light of the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council, the presentation of the Report to the UN Secretary-General on the question of the death penalty, the tabling of a new Resolution on the death penalty, and the launch of Deliberation no.12 on women deprived of their liberty by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on women in detention – which also presented a study on arbitrary detention in the context of drug policies at the 47th Session of the Council, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, Harm Reduction International, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and sponsored by the Switzerland Delegation, are hosting a side event focusing on the imposition of the death penalty for drugs against women.

The side event aims to present the latest data and trends on the imposition of the death penalty for drug offences against women, building on the findings of the report; discuss the relationship between gender and extreme punishment in drug-related cases; and identify the roles that UN bodies, abolitionist countries, and stakeholders in retentionist countries can play to promote gender-sensitive policies and practices both within and beyond the criminal legal system.

Opening remarks:
• H.E. Amb. Felix Baumann, Deputy Permanent Rep. of Switzerland to UN Office and the other international organizations in Geneva
• Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non Discrimination Branch, OHCHR

Speakers:
• Priya Gopalan, Member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
• Delphine Lourtau, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide
• Naomi Burke-Shyne, Harm Reduction International
• Aisya Humaida, LBH Masyarakat

Moderated by Connie Numbi, Vice President, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
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