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In Defense of the Right to Life: International Law and Death Penalty in the Philippines

A study by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and Dr. Christopher Ward, SC, Australian Bar, Adjunct Professor, Australian National University


Advisory on Public Opinion About Death Penalty - CHR (VI) A2023-001
Commission on Human Rights, February 13, 2023
Addendum to Human Rights Advisory - CHR A2019-006
Commission on Human Rights, November 25, 2019
The Commission on Human Rights’ Advisory on the Reimposition of the Death Penalty (2018)
Commission on Human Rights Facebook link |, November 07, 2016

CHR Advisories

Human Rights Advisory on the Denunciation of and Withdrawal from International Treaties to Reimpose the Death Penalty - CHRA2017-002

July 12, 2017, Commission on Human Rights

The CHRP issues this advisory to guide the Philippines Government on its initiatives to reimpose capital punishment. The Commission takes this opportunity to emphatically reiterate that the Philippines is a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and its Second Optional Protocol. Having ratified the ICCPR and the Second Optional Protocol, under which the Philippines expressly undertook to abolish the death penalty, the Philippines must adhere to its commitment or invite unwelcome consequences in the long run. Considering that the Second Optional Protocol and its very nature does not allow for withdrawal, to denounce or withdraw from the treaty is not and should not be an option for the government.

Read the full advisory here


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