Entry into force of Armenia’s ratification of the European Protocol for abolition in all circumstances

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By Aurélie Plaçais, on 22 March 2024

In February 2024, Armenia’s ratification of Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances entered into force. Armenia was already abolitionist for all crimes and a State Party to the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

 Protocol No. 13 to the ECHR entered into force on 1 July 2003 and has been ratified 45 of the 46 Member States of the Council of Europe. Azerbaijan signed it in March 2023 but has yet to ratify it. 

The World Coalition has been leading the campaign for the ratifications of this treaty, and targeted both countries in 2022, for its 20th anniversary. A milestone in the anti-death penalty movement will be reached when both Protocol 6 and Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights will be ratified by all the Member States of the Council of Europe!

photography © Council of Europe.

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