Article 1 of Protocol 13: Abolition of the death penalty

Published: 3 May 2016

Last updated: 3 June 2021

What countries does this apply to?

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales

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.

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