UN reminds PH that it cannot reinstate death penalty
Philippines had previously signed an international treaty where it is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the two Optional Protocols that bars it from reinstating the death penalty.
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UN Human Rights Committee chair Yuji Iwasawa issued a letter expressing that the Senate must “refrain from taking retrogressive measures” such as approving the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives.
As part of ICCPR, Philippines is required to comply with Article 6 (2) of Covenant which bars States from reintroducing death penalty once it is already abolished.
“The Committee is currently in session in Geneva. It expresses its grave concern at information it has received about the passage of a bill through the Houses of Congress to reintroduce the death penalty, for drug related offenses, in the Philippines. It understands that the Senate will consider this bill soon,” Iwasawa said in the letter.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein already warned the Philippines around December 2016 in a letter he addressed to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that the passage of the death penalty would violate “obligations under international human rights law.”
Iwasawa explains that by prescribing to the Second Optional Protocol which “excludes the possibility of denunciation by omitting a denunciation clause to guarantee the permanent non –reintroduction of the death penalty by States that have ratified it.”
The death penalty bill remains stagnant in the Senate where it is not considered a priority measure.
UN reminds PH that it cannot reinstate death penalty Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on April 19, 2017 Rating: