Protocol 13, Article 1 abolishes the death penalty in all circumstances
This includes crimes committed during a war or when the threat of war is imminent. The UK ratified this Protocol in 2002.
Sentencing a person to death is a violation of the right to life and the right to freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
What the law says
Protocol 13, Article 1: Abolition of the death penalty
The death penalty shall be abolished. No one shall be condemned to such penalty or executed.
Last updated: 03 May 2016