UN warns PH: Reimposing death penalty is against the law

UN warns PH: Reimposing death penalty is against the law

- The Philippines is slated to break an international law if it revives death penalty, says United Nations (UN) Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday, December 6

- According to Hussein, in signing the Second Optional Protocol, the Philippines had agreed to uphold human rights and stand by its decision to abolish death penalty forever

- He concluded his open letter by appealing to the members of the Philippine Congress "to uphold the international human rights obligations and maintain the abolition of the death penalty"

The Philippines, according to United Nations (UN) Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, is slated to break an international law if it revives death penalty.

According to the UN Human rights chief, when the Philippines signed the Second Optional protocol, a side agreement attached to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2007, the state agreed to the abolition of capital punishment within its jurisdiction.

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UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein Photo credit: Rappler

He also said that the Second Optional Protocol does not permit any of the states that agreed to it "to denounce" its accession, saying that the drafters of the covenant had decided to "deliberately intended to exclude the possibility of denunciation."

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In accordance to article 56 of the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties, he reminded everyone that non-inclusion of provisions for termination means that it is "not subject to denunciation or withdrawal."

He also reminded the lawmakers that death penalty is unproven in its efficacy, yet, it has consistently "discriminates against the poor and most marginalized individuals."

Hussein also cited options for the resolution of drug-related offences, that are, according to him, "consistent with international human rights standard."

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Among the options he had provided include strengthening the rule of law, ensuring an effective justice system, and adopting a strong public health approach to prevention, harm reduction, and other forms of health care and treatment.

He concluded his open letter by appealing to the members of the Philippine Congress "to uphold the international human rights obligations of the Philippines and maintain the abolition of the death penalty."

Read the full text of the High Commissioner's open letter here:

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UN Human Rights High Commisioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's open letter Photo credit: www.ohchr.org

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