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International law and the death penalty

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  • 1 Nov 2022

The use of capital punishment has been an issue addressed by international human rights law since the earliest days of the United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the General Assembly in 1948, and an instrument widely recognised as the gold standard for human rights, affirms the right to life and the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Death Penalty Project produced this resource on international law and the death penalty. Download or view the document online.

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