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Ratify Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
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Ratify Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

    1. Vu Nguyen
    2. Petition by

      Vu Nguyen

      Houston, TX

“The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty is a side agreement to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It was created on 15 December 1989, and entered into force on 11 July 1991. As of September 2011, the Optional Protocol had 73 states parties. In addition, 3 states (Guinea-Bissau, Poland, and São Tomé and Príncipe) have signed, but not yet ratified the Protocol

The Optional Protocol commits its members to the abolition of the death penalty within their borders, though Article 2.1 allows parties to make a reservation allowing execution for grave crimes in times of war. Cyprus, Malta and Spain initially made such reservations, and subsequently withdrew them. Azerbaijan and Greece still retain this reservation on their implementation of the protocol, despite both having banned the death penalty in all circumstances“ … exerted from Wikipedia.

 

“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” … exerted from UN Convention.

Many lives have been lost to the death penalty over the years. And much sufferings have been endured by people, families and communities. However, most tragically, are lives of innocent people and sufferings of their families and communities. The abolition of the death penalty would contribute to the advancement of human dignity, development of human rights and the common good in addition to resources and or financial savings.
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http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr-death.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Optional_Protocol_to_the_International_Covenant_on_Civil_and_Political_Rights

http://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=IV-12&chapter=4&lang=en

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    • Lisa Jackson AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      Stop this violation of human rights!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      The EU should be concentrated on adapting to globalisation and global competitiveness, not building more powerful centralised institutions in Brussels.

      William Hague

      The goal of the EU is to form a region of freedom, security and justice. Freedom in this connection cannot be just the freedom of the strong, but it must be combined with fraternity and equality.

      Tarja Halonen

      In the EU you have half a billion people who share a common belief in democracy, in rights, in the kind of economic life we want.

      Catherine Ashton

      To be in the EU, it means to have same rules of... for economy, for social life, to be together in the majority of European countries.

      Aleksander Kwasniewski

      “We need a European Constitution. The European Constitution is not the ‘final touch’ of the European structure; it must become its foundation. The European Constitution should prescribe that… we are building a Federation of nation-States… The first part should be based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights proclaimed at the European summit at Nice… If we transform the EU into a Federation of Nation-States, we will enhance the democratic legitimacy… We should not prescribe what the EU should never be allowed to… I believe that the Parliament and the Council of Ministers should be developed into a genuine bicameral parliament.”

      Dr Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, European Parliament, April 4, 2001

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      How many more years, decades or centuries will it take for the United States to ratify The Second International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or to live by its principles? Will the United States ever cease being the planet's #1 arns merchant and having the world's #1 military budget? Will America ever be as good at promoting civil and human rights and peace as it currently is at promoting war, bigotry and greed? I keep hoping and dreaming of the day when the United States becomes a leader in promoting human rights and peace and I can say that I'm proud to be an American!

      http://www.change.org/petitions/lets-make-the-international-day-of-peace-a-national-holiday

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