Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (CCPR-OP2)

The States Parties to the present Protocol,
Believing that abolition of the death penalty contributes to enhancement of human dignity and
progressive development of human rights,
Recalling article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on 10 December
1948, and article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16
December 1966,
Noting that article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights refers to
abolition of the death penalty in terms that strongly suggest that abolition is desirable,
Convinced that all measures of abolition of the death penalty should be considered as progress
in the enjoyment of the right to life,
Desirous to undertake hereby an international commitment to abolish the death penalty,
Have agreed as follows:

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