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Margaret M. deGuzman and Diane Marie Amann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190272654.001.0001

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The Right to Life and the Progressive Abolition of the Death Penalty

The Right to Life and the Progressive Abolition of the Death Penalty

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(p.117) 7 The Right to Life and the Progressive Abolition of the Death Penalty
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Arcs of Global Justice
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Christof Heyns

Thomas Probert

Tess Borden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190272654.003.0008

This chapter begins with the contention that global norms surrounding the death penalty have evolved considerably over the last fifty years. It reviews the extent to which international human rights treaties, including the United Nations (UN) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and some of the regional human rights treaties, allow for and indeed arguably require the progressive abolition of the death penalty. It then further examines the trends at a global level in terms of the imposition of the death penalty, and some of the potential spaces for advocacy or litigation, in both retentionist and abolitionist states, aimed at reducing and ultimately ending the practice.

Keywords:   death penalty, human rights mechanisms, abolitionist, retentionist, ICCPR, UN, ACHPR

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