Right to life

Article 2

Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. This right is one of the most important of the Convention since without the right to life it is impossible to enjoy the other rights. No one shall be condemned to death penalty or executed. The abolition of death penalty is consecrated by Article 1 of Protocol No. 6.

IN PRACTICE, the right to life includes…
Protecting prisoners
Protection against environmental hazards


Useful links

The Council of Europe is a death penalty free area
European Day against the death penalty

Death penalty abolition
Right to life
Violence against women 
Reproductive rights 
Child protection
Detention conditions and treatment of prisoners
Prisoners health rights
Detention and mental health 

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