Towards the 30th anniversary of the OP2-ICCPR
A multi-stakeholder meeting to counter the reintroduction of death penalty
15 December 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (OP2 to the ICCPR). OP2 represents the international commitment to abolish death penalty as this embodies a threat to the right to life.
On 24 October 2019, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and CCPR-Centre organized a multi-stakeholder meeting at Palais Wilson in Geneva, where representatives of civil society, members of the Human Rights Committee and the group of abolitionist States called “Friends of the Protocol” gathered with the view to strengthening the international adherence to OP2. Another aim of this meeting was to develop strategies to combat the reintroduction of the death penalty, which is being proposed in some countries.
"The Second Optional Protocol represents the international commitment to abolish death penalty as this embodies a severe threat to the right to life."