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
This text is taken directly from the Human Rights Act.
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 Jun 2021