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At the European level

January 2011

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At European Council level

- Protocol 6 to the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights, Concerning the Abolition of the death penalty
Adopted in April 1983, entry into force on 1st March 1985.

Explanatory Report

- Protocol 13 to the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights. Concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.
Adopted in May 2002 by the Council of Europe, entry into force on 1st July 2003.

Explanatory Report

At European Union level

- Guidelines on EU policy towards third countries on the death penalty.
Updated version 2008.

- Charter of Fundamental rights of the European Union

Article 2 : Right to life

1. Everyone has the right to life.
2. No one shall be condemned to the death penalty, or executed.

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