Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty

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Year of adoption: 1989
Year of entry into force: 1991
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“… abolition of the death penalty contributes to enhancement of human dignity and progressive development of human rights”

“…all measures of abolition of the death penalty should be considered as progress in the enjoyment of the right to life”

Article 1

  1. No one within the jurisdiction of a State Party to the present Protocol shall be executed.
  2. Each State Party shall take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within its jurisdiction.