Part III Civil and Political Rights, 8 The Right to Life—Article 6
From: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentary (3rd Edition)
Sarah Joseph, Melissa Castan
- Right to life — Disappearances — Deportation — Capital punishment — Women, rights — Genocide — Duty to investigate — Weapons, nuclear
1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life. 2. In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the commission of the crime and not contrary to the provisions of the present Covenant and to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This penalty can only be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a...